Linked by David Adams on Thu 18th Oct 2007 13:57 UTC
Features, Office Remember those great "home of the future" demonstrations from days past? If you're not old enough to remember them from world fairs, Disneyland, or movie newsreels, you've probably seen the cartoons parodying them: Robotic maids, self-cleaning kitchens, futuristic-looking plastic furniture, dehydrated food; everything white, round, and sparkling. Well, it's the future now, and it didn't exactly turn out the way they thought it would, but thanks to ubiquitous computer technology, today's home can have capabilities that futurists 50 years ago would never have imagined.
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Cheap 2*4 construction
by MikeekiM on Fri 19th Oct 2007 18:10 UTC
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You're overstating the insulation in a "modern" home.
It's still cheap 2*4 frame construction( with the advantage that in a fire you can simply run through the wall ). These houses are speced with high insulation but, you can't check inside the walls to be sure. All I can say is that home_depot for example, you still see a LOT of cheap insulation for sale to contractors that should have long ago been taken off the market.

How is it that the replacement cost of 2*4 frame housing is typically 1/3 to 1/4 the sales prices. Because they are cheap peices of junk.

We should have long ago mandated homes that don't actually need heating systems except for emergency weather.

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