My story revolves around my desire for a simple, sustainable lifestyle, and around some key decisions I have made that impact everything I do.
In the lexicon of sustainable buildings, place
may be the most important decision you make about a living space. In choosing your location and orientation, you will establish the environmental variables that you will relish or fight in every decision thereafter. These variables might be the outdoor temperature, the path of the sun, noise and air pollution levels… or daily life issues like distance to schools, public transit and the nearest grocery or great restaurant (often captured in an index measurement called walk score.)
Of course, it all translates back to the currency of energy used (or dollars spent), with the desire to use resources effectively. Plus, of course, it’s important that you are happy
with where you live.
For one, I chose Phoenix.