Modern architecture is touted for energy efficiency

There might be a reason why modern houses seem to look futuristic to many of us, even though the majority of them are over 60 years old. In a recent article about modernist architecture that appeared in the Winston-Salem journal, the author brought up the important fact that flat roofs and an efficient use of space that typically characterizes such homes also happens to make them very environmentally friendly.

Whereas a traditional house typically has an uninsulated attic and excess space that has to be lit, heated and cooled, a modernist structure doesn't have these issues, making utilities far less of an expense. Providing that the right materials are used, these homes can be very environmentally friendly. The design of such a house, for example, typically lends itself to the installation of solar panels very well, giving home owners the option to take advantage of renewable sources of energy if they would like. 

The appeal of this sort of structure that led Adam Sebastian, who was interviewed by the source, to design, build and move into a home like this. 

"In the traditional home we lived in before our gas bills would run $400 a month in the winter and $300 for electricity in the summer. The highest electric bill we paid here was $110 one February when we had a lot of snow," said Sebastian, noting the significant advantages of living in a space like this. 

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