>The cover story of today’s Missoulian reads: Luxury you can’t see: Tester tours homes that invest in energy efficiency. It pissed me off this morning before I even finished getting my yogurt all stirred up.
In a nutshell, this is another article on green building. In the article, John Freer, the president of a company building a green-certified home west of Missoula, says, “Five years ago, you couldn’t sell green. It wasn’t sexy. It wasn’t a granite countertop.” That’s great. However, the people we most need to get excited about building green are ones who were never in the market for a granite countertop in the first place because that is the type of luxury item they can’t afford. The real kicker in the article for me is this passage:
Construction crews began work on the two-level, 3,700-square-foot home in May. It has three bedrooms, an office and 2.5 bathrooms.
3700 square feet?! When are these idiots that pat themselves on the back about their green building processes, and the morons who hire them, going to realize that shrinking the sizes of these mega-homes is more green that putting recycled denim between the floorboards? A gigantic “green” home is no more green than a modest-sized energy gobbler home. A big part of our energy problem is tied directly to our homes growing as fast as our midsections!
How much you want to bet this “green” home is also going to be surrounded by some expansive, “turf” lawn that is going to require excessive watering to maintain? That’s pretty green, isn’t it? Building a house like this and calling it green is like putting a “No More Blood For Oil” bumper sticker on your Hummer; you feel all “revolutionary” when you’re doing it but everyone else just thinks you’re an asshole.
Articles like this do no more for selling green and/or alternative building to real people than articles about movie stars going on and on about their beachside green condos. It’s ridiculous. I think the people getting recycled doors from Home Resources to use as countertops are doing a hell of a lot more for green building than these jackasses are.