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Old 09-05-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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My point was that (forget the size of the lot) higher density housing isn't a s green because for every house built resources are used to
1. manufacture and ship the materials for building
2. for heating and cooling
I'm not sure I understand your methodology.

So the other three families.....*poof* disappear off the face of the planet? Well that would certainly be green, but perhaps not so humane.

The "greenest" option would be to build all four houses (4K sq ft) hooked together (shared walls=more efficient) divided into 4 equal living units of 1K each. Co-Housing if you will.

I've encountered a few families who have done this recently, with good sucess. It takes a huge amount of planning and cooperation.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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I'm not sure I understand your methodology.

So the other three families.....*poof* disappear off the face of the planet? Well that would certainly be green, but perhaps not so humane.

The "greenest" option would be to build all four houses (4K sq ft) hooked together (shared walls=more efficient) divided into 4 equal living units of 1K each. Co-Housing if you will.

I've encountered a few families who have done this recently, with good sucess. It takes a huge amount of planning and cooperation.
Yes we have homes like that in the UK-we call them terraced homes.
Only the most exp homes are what you would call single family-we call them detatched. One of the reasons we are moving to the US is b/o the extra space available-sick of living on top of everyone.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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Yes we have homes like that in the UK-we call them terraced homes.
Only the most exp homes are what you would call single family-we call them detatched. One of the reasons we are moving to the US is b/o the extra space available-sick of living on top of everyone.
That's a completely different topic.....but totally understandable!

Good luck with the move.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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I don't understand why high density housing can be seen not to be environmentally friendly, or, alternatively, how can low density be seen as being environmentally friendly? (unless being used for something truly productive, or enabling off the grid living, etc.). Like someone said, there are a lot of variables at work here, but in general high density means people sprawl across less space, and when done right, can share more amenities, be more likely to be able to use public transportation or to walk to the store, etc.

High density housing (whether attached, detached, apartments, duplexes, etc.) isn't for everyone, and aren't always the "best" environmental solution, but in general yes, I would say that four houses on an acre (which is still really spread out by many standards) is going to be more enviromentally friendly than just one or two on that same lot, but that depends on a lot of other factors. Given that four homes per acre is not exactly "high density" it still probably means that those families are going to be doing a lot of driving, etc., and might not fully engage the environmental benefits that come from true high density living. On the other hand, if they can share some resources and do something productive with the space they could still live pretty environmentally-friendly lives, and very likely more "green" than one house per one acre.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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High density housing (whether attached, detached, apartments, duplexes, etc.) isn't for everyone, and aren't always the "best" environmental solution, but in general yes, I would say that four houses on an acre (which is still really spread out by many standards) is going to be more enviromentally friendly than just one or two on that same lot, but that depends on a lot of other factors. Given that four homes per acre is not exactly "high density" it still probably means that those families are going to be doing a lot of driving, etc., and might not fully engage the environmental benefits that come from true high density living. On the other hand, if they can share some resources and do something productive with the space they could still live pretty environmentally-friendly lives, and very likely more "green" than one house per one acre.
Frankly, IMO, one home per 2 1/2 acres is much better. I have 10 acres and love it.
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