Was your home built to last?

By Megan Kramer, Performance Homes Consultant

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One of the primary sustainability objectives is to build for longevity. Using high quality materials, mitigating moisture and aging in place are all parts of that equation. I was drawn to the following quote:

When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that people will say, as they look upon the labour and wrought substance of them, “See! This our parents did for us!

I saw this quote in Brett Dillon's, "Home Energy Rating Systems" while studying for the HERS Rater exam. I appreciate his candor and efforts to add levity to what can be a dry subject... Good thing I enjoy math and have been doing these types of calculations for years. It is a great refresher though and I am humbled by the breath of information presented.

This quote and much of what we do always come back to the common definition of Sustainable development as defined by the Brundtland Commission of 1987.

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

I am looking forward to the day when I can start verifying new sustainable, efficient homes. I am excited to learn what is being done to integrate longevity into buildings in Washington State.  Although, today I am ok with studying in front of the computer while the snow accumulates outside.