Small is Beautiful U.S. House Size, Resource Use, and the Environment

  title={Small is Beautiful U.S. House Size, Resource Use, and the Environment},
  author={Alex Wilson and Jessica Boehland},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Ecology},
As house size increases, resource use in buildings goes up, more land is occupied, increased impermeable surface results in more storm‐water runoff, construction costs rise, and energy consumption increases. In new, single‐family houses constructed in the United States, living area per family member has increased by a factor of 3 since the 1950s. In comparing the energy performance of compact (small) and large single‐family houses, we find that a small house built to only moderate energy… 

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