This is another one of those days where I'm trying to make a big decision, and I have this blog, and so I'd like people's input.
I've said all along that the reason I went back to graduate school was to improve my skill set in order to become a better environmental designer, and ultimately, to do something useful with my thesis.
At this point, I'm trying to decide where exactly that thesis is going to go. I've been researching web sites, including the Department of Energy's site, and I think what is missing is a greater understanding by homeowners of how architecture itself can improve their houses. There is already a web site that details how homeowners can reduce their energy using mechanical means, and yield a cost savings, and it's here. It was also put together by a team of like, 25 people over a number of years, and I don't have those kind of resources! But I think what I CAN bring to the table is a web learning tool that presents simple design options to people who could remodel their homes; something that diagrams how architectural elements could help people reduce energy in their part of the country ... something that gives them tangible solutions for doing their part to reduce global warming.
So ... what do you think? It is a little "pie in the sky" but I see a void - I don't think anyone else has done something that really explains the why part of architecture to the public. Please leave comments or suggestions below!