America and the world are facing a housing crisis much like the world has and is facing a health crisis. Homes overs the years have continued to grow and grow and grow in size and require more and more energy just like the waistline and bodies of the American population.
Homes have become just down right expensive, fat and lazy.
It is time for a new home model. A home that is affordably “fit” (efficient – strong – healthy), has less of an impact on our surrounding communities and whose performance is trackable. A fit home model is one that continues to decentralize the core functions of the home while empowering the consumer. Homes and their owners be required to take on more responsibility for the production, processing and consumption of energy, water, air and waste streams. Providing basic services builds personal responsibility much the way it works when dealing with our own bodies and health. Over the past 3 to 4 decades, the fast food industry has grown to a quarter TRILLION dollar industry while at the same time our healthcare cost has grown to a 3.5 trillion dollar industry. As one industry grew, the fast food, so did another (the size of our homes) all at the expense of the American public. Research says 80 – 90% of all healthcare cost are due to poor lifestyle choices, thus the advocating of personal responsibility (health management) is the fundamental reason for the explosion of the cost of healthcare. Personal responsibility is the cure to the health and home crisis facing the United States of America and beyond. By way of integrating our homes with our health, the home occupant now becomes one with their personal space.
For decades, Americans, have struggled with the facts wages have not kept up with the cost of goods. For the same number of decades most of our economist and government officials have neglected to acknowledge the effect inflation has had on our economy. In simple terms, I do not see how it is good for the cost of goods to go up while your pay stays the same. How about a better solution, lower the cost of goods while maintaining wages? Yes, we can lower the cost of goods consumed not by outsourcing (this is a failed policy of the past 30 years), but by SMART SOURCING. By looking at the lifecycle of a consumer’s income, we see that TAXES, government regulations, government red tape, personal lifestyle choices and the lack of just personal responsibility is the true reason why Americans are in such a financial and health crisis. Star
ting with the home and the health of the average American we can create the model upon which to grow our new healthy global manufacturing economy.
The problem facing change is lack of personal responsibility as the result of a centralized methodology. From food (no one cooks at home) to health management, to electricity, to water, to sewage are all services that were once performed on the farm and subsequently have all been relinquished to some level of our government. As a result of this centralization, we have 50% of our meals being consumed outside of our house, obesity have risen from a century constant of 15% to over 35% and growing, sewer lines criss-crossing our landscape while leaking raw sewage unknown to local communities and a power grid that is susceptible to decay, environmental destruction and terrorist attacks. The alternative to “centralization is “decentralization”. As per wikipedia “Decentralization” is the process of redistributing or dispersing functions, powers, people or things away from a central location or authority. In the home ecosystem we look to decentralize as many processes as possible. It is time now for a change and a movement back to a model where people do more for themselves and government does less.
It is my opinion with the decentralization of our homes and health, America can create a whole new path of productivity and prosperity like we have never seen before. Communities that have fallen off the grid and in disrepair can come back and be the real driving engine of a competitive economy that has the capacity to engage on a global scale. We can pay employees a living wage because their living expenses are lower, thus making the actual wage paid one that is competitive GLOBALLY. Project Jensen Beach Green is a starting point.