🏡🧪 Why Do We Build?

How would you answer this question: Why do we build?

🖼️ The big picture: Building has one primary objective: control.

  • If we can control our buildings, we have created a predictable, conditioned space.

🔭 Zoom out: We’ve been doing this since the advent of fire and our ancestors’ days of sheltering in caves.

  • For most of history, shelter was primarily about protection from the elements, from animals and from enemies.
  • Heating was also a key component we learned to control.

🔬 Zoom in: Willis Carrier designed the first modern air conditioning system in 1902.

  • In the 1940’s and 1950’s air conditioning proliferated as part of the post WW2 building boom.
  • And ultimately enabled the population boom in the southern states.

📣 Good news!

  • Today we have the building technology to create the ideal indoor environment, in any climate.

✅ For your Smart Homeowner list

  • If you read that last statement and thought, “That’s not true about my house,” then stay tuned. We’ll get there. 😄



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