Posted: Jan 17, 2017 7:52 am
by Nicko
OlivierK wrote:
Scot Dutchy wrote:This thread is like talking about luxury cars. Sustainable housing is only important in highly dense occupied areas not the outback of some god forsaken back woods. If we all had a hectare to build house land would be in very short supply.

Yes, sustainable housing is important in dense urban contexts. To leap from that to saying that it's unimportant in a rural context makes no sense. If I'd built my house without the shading structures that keep it cool, I'd need air conditioning, and my power comes from the same grid I'd use in a city. More land area actually gives you far more scope for unsustainable practices, especially in terms of overbuilding for your needs, than a smaller plot, and so it's necessary to be more mindful of sustainable design where its not forced on you to a degree by site constraints.

Exactly, which is why I brought up the permaculture idea. The block is a little small to go completely self-sufficent, but growing at least some of your own food should offset increased travel distances.