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

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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