The Discovery Channel owns a very popular website titled "Treehugger."
The site recently featurd a piece on Acqua Liana, Frank McKinney's $29 million certified "green" mansion, the largest and most expensive of its kind in the world.
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Joe Romm at Grist asks:
A "speculative 15,000 square foot mansion in Manalapan, Fla., will be the first home of its size to be certified green by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Florida Green Building Council."
Is that a good idea for USGBC? That's my question to you. Obviously people are going to build big homes -- and it is better if they have green features. But should USGBC single out such "eco-mansions" for positive recognition?
The builder of the Manalapan house isn't too happy with LEED either, who has to earn 26 other points to compensate for its size. According to the Design-Build network:
Because his eight-bedroom mansion is so large, he must earn 26 extra points to achieve the same certification as an average-size house with a typical square-foot-to-bedroom ratio. McKinney won't know his total score until the 'green police' determine whether the completed house qualifies. Calling the 26 points a 'huge deterrent', McKinney wonders, "Why are you penalising someone who wants to go green? I guarantee we're going to work to change that for future builders."
I think there is a better question. It may or may not be green, but is it ethical? Is it right? Leo Hickman says
"Ethical means above all taking personal responsibility. This in turn means considering the "sustainability" of everything you do- making sure that your actions do not have a negative influence on you or more importantly the wider world. As more and more people around the world, rightly or wrongly, aspire to and obtain western lifestyles, the pressure on natural resources will become even more intense. Therefore, a major tenet of ethical living is to attempt, wherever possible, to reduce one's own demand for resources... Simply, it is a call to consume a fairer and more proportionate slice of the pie.