Kelly sent me the following article about government and big industry plans for achieving energy efficiency in buildings. One goal is to achieve zero net energy by 2030. While I agree with the need to slash energy consumption and the overall goal of zero energy buildings, I have almost no confidence these type of plans will be practical and affordable to average homeowners. Housing is already unaffordable for most people. I think we need less government interference, not more. Imagine a giant ‘energy efficiency building bureaucracy’ like the building department involved with every project, and all the associated fees, forms, permits, inspections, regulations, fines, delays, and on and on. No thanks. The know-how to build super efficient buildings is already widely known. Rising energy costs and costs of materials are gradually making the need for energy efficient buildings a no brainer. As costs escalate, people will naturally gravitate to affordable, low impact, low energy buildings like earthbag, adobe, pole building and so on.