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ECONOMIC REPORT

ECONOMICREPORT

By Jan Burton Co-Founder, Rhino Cubed.

Sustainable Living The U.S. has the largest average single-family sized home of any nation, but homes in other developing countries are growing too.

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Americans like to go big. In 2013, the average size of an American home was 2,600 square feet, compared to 983 square feet in 1950. The U.S. has the largest average single-family sized home of any nation, but homes in other developing countries are growing too. Along with the building materials required to construct these larger homes, demand for utilities to run them is predictably higher. Water, electricity, gas, and fuel oil usage all increases according to home size. Despite many people’s interest in smaller homes, the home building industry, city and county planning departments, and the surrounding industries are all geared up for large homes. It is difficult to find a small home that is built sustainably and with artistic appeal.

Sustainable Business Magazine  

Issue 02/15

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