The Benefits of Environmentally Responsible Residential Housing

analytical Essay
2485 words
2485 words

The Benefits of Environmentally Responsible Residential Housing

Beginning in the 1960s, our society has become increasingly aware of mankind’s negative impact on the earth. We have heard more about topics such as pollution, water contamination, Acid Rain, and Global Warming. All of these environmental concerns have displayed a need for more environmentally sensitive development. Environmentally responsible residential development is defined by Brewster as, "the production of building and communities that conserve resources and reduce waste through more efficient use of materials, energy, and water; that are more durable and useful; and that are designed for adaptive use or the recycling of their materials" (33). By definition alone, this type of development fits the description of sensitive development. I propose that we, as a society, must provide more incentives to encourage development such as environmentally responsible residential houses, because it will help reduce pollution, conserve limited and natural resources, and ensure a sustainable future.

The need for such housing must be established with consumers before more environmentally responsible houses are demanded in the market. One reason for this type of building, would be to properly address the problems of the energy crisis. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the energy crisis as, "a serious shortage of energy-producing fuels" (Simpson 5:241). Today, we are consuming our fossil fuels at ten million times the rate they are produced naturally (Griffin 4). At this rate, we will eventually deplete all of our fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gases. The energy crisis also addresses another reason to build environmentally responsible development, which...

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In this essay, the author

  • Proposes that society should provide more incentives to encourage environmentally responsible residential development to reduce pollution, conserve limited resources, and ensure a sustainable future.
  • Argues that the need for environmentally responsible housing must be established with consumers before more environmentally-friendly houses are demanded in the market.
  • Explains that environmentally responsible residential housing conserves natural resources such as water, air, land, wood, fossil fuels, and other building materials.
  • Illustrates the use of grey water for outdoor water needs and rain collection for usable indoor water. environmental homes can also include water conserving appliances like toilets.
  • Argues that more environmentally responsible residential development ensures a sustainable future by reducing pollution, conserving natural resources, and planning for the future.
  • Explains that environmentally responsible residential development reduces air pollution and water pollution. the "space age" home in flagstaff uses roof collectors, grey water and compost toilets to reduce land contamination.
  • Argues that society should provide incentives to promote environmentally responsible residential housing. they state that the limited number of incentives now offered by federal and state governments are not promoted to their full potential.
  • Cites arizona state, arizona solar energy research commission, and arizona department of revenue's tax form and tax information system.
  • Cites griffin, c. w., jr. and loeb, penny. the environment comes home: arizona public service environmental showcase home.
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