Massive homes on postage stamp size lots are no longer considered the American dream, and for good reason. The housing market is making a slow comeback and people are asking, “what is a good house anymore”? The tiny house movement, while commendable when it comes to reducing one’s carbon footprint, is not realistic for the majority of us, when considering it encourages a living space of 300 sq. feet or less. So, what would be considered a good house in today’s world? Pretty much one that is efficient, affordable, healthy for humans and the climate, and still comfortable. The Pretty Good House Standard offered by Green Building Advisor discussion groups sums up what constitutes a good house as one that supports the local community - being built using local labor and materials when possible, has minimal or reasonable operating costs, is energy efficient with super insulation, and is 1000 to 1800 square feet of living space depending on occupancy. Requirements such as these for home building make sense in today’s environmentally conscience and financially constricted market. It’s a pretty good idea that most of us could live comfortably with.