Now that we've experienced Winter, how has our house performed? What have we learned?
E - Challenge Assumptions
Lesson: challenge consultants to collaborate for better solutions.
A - Count the Cost
Lesson: measure to prove the need for change.
W - Accept the Cold Hard Facts
Small but significant steps enabled us to keep warm this winter with the heater on for only 2 hours over the entire season. Careful to keep humidity as low as possible, we diligently opened small north-facing windows during the day and turned off the kettle as soon as it reached boiling point. We have a powerful but quiet kitchen extractor fan, and the bathroom has a Lunos vent with a heat exchanger that captures the warmth from the outgoing air (and steam) and transfers it to incoming fresh air. The biggest benefit comes from the ShowerDome that keeps the steam inside the shower where it condenses and runs down the drain instead of steaming up the bathroom.
Lesson: shutting out the cold takes more than just turning up the heat and closing the windows (or building a wall).
F - Celebrate Success
Lesson: rituals help us remember, rekindle and rejoice.
Given the Winter Lessons Learned above, imagine your next building project... or perhaps any project, from four perspectives.
Until we remember the lessons in this video, we and generations to come will suffer from the chaos of mindless, egotistical, greedy, colonial acts of many leaders today. Mac Macartney shares lessons that may help us remember. Take a deep breath, relax and sit with Mac for 2 minutes, or watch his Children's Fire TED talk to understand why our world is in so much pain. We look forward to meeting Mac and learning from each other next year when we visit the Eden Project, Cornwall, UK.
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