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“My version of energy efficiency is to conserve my own energy”

Net Zero House“Nowadays people are talking about net-zero houses . . . My feeling is there’s a lot of overkill in a net-zero house. My version of energy efficiency is to conserve my own energy. It seems to me they are designing for the three coldest days of the year. Designing a house so it will keep you warm without any heat at minus 40 might be overkill. I say, design for 345 days of the year, and the other 20 days just burn some junk mail in the woodstove. I still have my farm out west, and these days I try to build with recycled materials. That’s being energy efficient in a different way — not using as many new materials.”

— John Larsen, inventor of the Larsen Truss, as quoted in Green Building Advisor

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