Interesting piece in today’s Sunday Real Estate Section of the Chron on “Vegas Show Stopper” a 9,000 square foot monster built out in the desert with “green technology”. Can you really be green or sustainable with a SFH at 9,000 square feet? My answer is yes, hedged with a small aside:
WTF 9,000 SQUARE FEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I guess I would reconcile my philosophical meets reality take on this by saying that the house can be green, but not sustainable. You can input lots of green features in a place like this, like the gas driven heat pump that the article crows about. But green inputs does not sustainable make. It’s too plain big. I get the whole I need to prove something look at me and my big green house/car/schlong whatever…ok maybe a big green schlong isn’t something to look at. My point though is that just because you call something green doesn’t mean it’s better. Green is a color, a fad, something the corporate types have co-opted into their marketing lingo to sell you stuff. Sustainable is a way of living. And even if a project incorporates the latest in “green” features, the sheer size is self defeating.
Anyhow, article here if you want primary source.