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Sarah Susanka to Speak in Atlanta June 29, 2010

May 25, 2010

The Green Building Council is proud to present Sarah Susanka

Sarah Susanka, author of the The Not So Big House series, Home By Design and The Not So Big Life is bringing her “better, not bigger” message to the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

In this new economy, there has been a dramatic shift in the way home buyers evaluate their housing choices. Energy efficiency and sustainability are uppermost in buyers’ minds. People are looking for better rather than bigger homes, where “better” includes lower maintenance costs, lower utility bills, and a floor plan designed for today’s more informal lifestyles.

Susanka will discuss how to cater to the evolving needs of this more cautious homeowner and the tools needed to tap into this huge market for a better designed home.

This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Check in: 6 p.m.
Dinner/Speaker: 6:45 p.m.
Registration: Pre-registration is required for all attendees.

To register, visit our website at and select the program on June 29th.

$35 GBC Members
$45 Non Council Members
$55 Non HBA Members
There is a $15 walk-in fee for all that do not pre-register

Villa Christina • 4000 Summit Blvd. Atlanta 30019
Directions: From GA 400, Take I-285 East to Ashford-Dunwoody Road (Exit 29) and turn right. Turn right
onto Lake Hearn Drive. Turn left onto Parkside Place. Turn right onto Perimeter Summit Blvd. Turn left at stop sign onto Summit Blvd. The restaurant is the last building on the left.

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  1. June 2, 2010 9:14 pm

    In 2001, I designed and began building a high performance home. During the design process, I bought The Not So Big House by Susanka and tried to build a small house. The first design on paper was less than 400 square feet! Then it was 800…1200…1500…1950 square feet. Then the composting toilet required a full basement, and before we knew it, the house had mushroomed to 3000 square feet.

    The energy use per square foot was really low (5 kilowatt-hours per square foot per year), and in the first year in the house, our energy bills averaged $78 per month, with only two months exceeding $100. If we’d been able to keep the square footage low, too, however, we’d have benefited in so many ways.

    Sarah Susanka is a visionary, and she’s absolutely right. The first thing you should do when building a house is resist the temptation to build big. And I can tell you from personal experience that it’s much harder than it seems.

    I’ll definitely be there on 29 June!


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