The same concept could easily be applied to a house. In a recent white paper, Michelle Kaufmann expounded upon this idea, detailing the process of doing a sustainability audit on one of her Sunset Breezehouse prefab homes, and explaining how this kind of analysis could be synthesized into a readable label containing the basic sustainability facts about a house.
"Sustainability labeling for homes would put an end to the deficient way in which for-sale homes are judged in today's housing market," says Kaufmann, "We must begin holding the houses in which we live to the same standards as the food we consume since our habits concerning both are vital to the wellbeing of the environment as well as our own physical wellbeing."
You can download Michelle Kaufmann's complete white paper here and discover all of the criteria she believes we ought to be using to judge whether a house is fit to be our home.
When not working in design, Sarah Rich writes, talks and forecasts about food and consumer culture.