Article | 1991

If It’s Not Efficient, It’s Not Beautiful

By Amory Lovins

In this brief 1991 article in Fine Homebuilding, Amory Lovins argues that beautiful homes are not only finely crafted and designed, but energy efficient as well. Lovins describes the efficiency measures used to design his own home in Snowmass, CO. These techniques include glazed mirrors, compact fluorescent lights, and superefficient appliances. All of the energy savings in the home are the equivalent of saving a barrel of oil per day. Lovins challenges home builders to consider energy efficiency and cost savings when designing and building homes.