Quiz: Do You Live in a Slow Home?

The Slow Home Test assesses 12 universal elements of a home to determine whether it is laid out to its best advantage.

| July/August 2012

  • Designers in the Slow Home movement are creating homes made for health and comfort rather than resale value. Take the Slow Home test and determine whether your home meets the Slow Home standards.
    Photo By JohnKwan/Courtesy Fotolia

House in the World

1. Location: A Slow Home is located in a walkable neighborhood that is in proximity to work, shopping and amenities in order to minimize the use of a car. Yes 3/No 0 

2. Size: A Slow Home is correctly sized to efficiently fit the needs of its residents in order to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Yes 3/No 0 

3. Orientation: A Slow Home is properly oriented to the sun, prevailing winds and immediate surroundings in order to facilitate natural heating and cooling. Yes 2/No 0 

4. Stewardship: A Slow Home conserves land and water for future generations; reinforces smart, compact city growth patterns; and makes a positive contribution to the community. Yes 2/No 0  

House as a Whole

5. Entry: The front and back entries in a Slow Home are good-sized spaces of transition with adequate storage and, if possible, room for a bench. Yes 1/No 0 

6. Living: All indoor and outdoor living spaces in a Slow Home have good daylight, a natural focal point, and can accommodate a wide variety of uses without wasted space. Yes 1/No 0 

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