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Carbon Consequences
Henry Arbarbanel | Crest Road

Larger houses have a larger carbon footprint.

As houses get larger they usually require more electricity, water and natural gas to keep the house lite, warm during the winter and cool during the summer. So as a new residential unit is being reviewed the energy and water consumption might need to be a consideration for approval.

As resources become more scarce the city may need to begin implementation of codes to ensure that new residential buildings are more “green .” This may mean mandatory water-saving devices, the use of gray water and water captured from house run-off for irrigation. It also may mean need for installation of smart-meters and solar panels. Finally, as we want to keep the water flowing to the ocean clean, a water run-off plan might become essential.


As houses get larger many times the residents believe that they have more entitlement rights to modify the approved plans so that they can “build their dream house .” This might include the removal of trees (protected or not) that might interfere with the building. It might include additions of outdoor entertainment areas that could affect the privacy of their neighbors. While the city has the ability to inspect for changes in the implementation of the approved plans, some circumstances may be ambiguous.

Therefore, we might need to have a stricter “contract” between the owner/developer of a project and the city with detailed consequences for breaking the contract.



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