Serenity: a goal of energy efficiency

The appeal of energy-efficiency and high-performance in a home, for many people, is an appeal to the pocket-book.
Here, while not dissing the idea that sustainable and high-performance building saves people money, Bensonwood marketing steward Rick Reynolds points out that you could look at those benefits as table stakes. Comfort, peace-of-mind, health may be the values highly energy-efficient--i.e. homes with great building envelopes--deliver. Reynolds notes:
The deeper we look into the personal universe we call home, the more we see that, far from being disconnected, energy efficiency and quality of life are inextricably linked. And when it comes to the promise of building science, self interest and planetary stewardship are not at odds, but rather, different sides of the same coin.</i>

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