Beauty in math

A number of years ago, in New York City, PureMan attended a lecture at one of the top architecture schools in the country. Which country? We’re not quite sure. Anyway, the man behind the podium had been trained as a nuclear physicist. He was not a very comfortable public speaker, but PureMan knew he was smart because he used a whiteboard. He scribbled and spoke about buildings that could be designed and engineered to consume a very small percentage of the energy used in a conventional home by the average family. PureMan is fairly certain the average family has two-and-half children and that frightens him. 

But back to the physicist. A mathematician, he backed up his statements with formulas, one after another. He was using math and engineering to design buildings holistically for performance, something common in car design. PureMan loves math. He loves math more than anything but never went past 4th grade. He sees fibonacci numbers in the sky! 

Mechanical engineering and building science were coming together and treating the building as one organism, i.e. the shell and the mechanical systems; balancing gains and losses; studying energy consumption and conservation, and treating the home as a beautiful, integrated system.

This building science is so profound, he found it all the way on the other side of the world. All the parts seem so simple, but experience tells us that the appearance of simplicity belies complex craftsmanship. Simple and complex seem to contradict and coexist, much like the tenets of Buddhism. PureMan tried meditating once, but crashed his car into a tree.

After hearing this nuclear physicist’s approach to building and building science, PureMan had to leave his beloved, drafty old home, and build a high performance house. He did and the house he created is toasty warm in winter, and cool in summer. He lives with 3 PureBoys, 2 PureLabradoodles, 1 PureWoman and no boiler. This is the first time in history that we can live better off the grid than on. PureMan tried living on an actual grid and it was thoroughly unpleasant so, take note.

 

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