The green building insanity had not started at the time Surfside was built (1980).
In the 1970s, some professors at Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champlain theorized about very well insulated and well air-tightened houses with energy-recovery ventilation to all rooms, and built six of them. The houses required a very small fraction of the energy of comparable houses. After much measuring and public tours, they sold the houses, which last time I saw them were still occupied. The houses were well publicized, including an article in Scientific American that called them “Lo-Cal Houses.” What happened as a result of all the publicity was…..nothing.

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