Scott Adams, the creator of the cartoon “Dilbert,” recently had a piece in the Wall Street Journal on what it’s like to design a green home and get it built in California. Short version: hijinks ensue, but not necessarily comfort or savings.
I was struck by the following observation by Adams because it is one of the most basic principles of Fortune-Creating Architecture, aka Stapathya Ved (boldfacing mine):
Few things make a home less liveable, and more of an energy hog, than improper orientation to the sun. I’ve lived in two homes with that issue, and it causes a variety of problems. For example, all of my dreams involved trying to extinguish fires using nothing but my ingenuity and a full bladder.
Amen. (Fortune-creating buildings face east or north.)
There IS one company in the U.S. that has been busily putting together ALL the pieces required to create homes and commercial buildings that are both green AND fortune-creating — not surprisingly, it is called Fortune-Creating Buildings (click to see photos of their work). I am one of just a few hundred people in the world trained as one of their Vastu Coordinators and in the coming months I’ll have more to say. But I thought I’d mention the company now, since Adams is quite rightly pointing out that there are many obstacles to building a green home, so it’s worthwhile knowing about a company that has so much experience and worked out so many of the kinks — and which has designs for homes ranging from modest and affordable to custom palaces.
By the way, I’ve been in fortune-creating buildings and they really do have a very special quality of serenity, beauty and comfort that feels most nourishing.