The term “green building” as it is currently used is a complete oxymoron. It really seems to be a term describing building techniques and materials only slightly better than the status quo. The good side of it is the warm and fuzzy feeling you can get when you purchase one of these homes. Features like compact-fluorescent light bulbs, efficient appliances and sometimes even extra insulation couldn’t be included in a regular home.
I guess what I’m getting at is the whole concept is a bunch of crap. It’s funny how many of us agree on the coming global devastation and are willing to do something about it as long as it does not involve even the smallest sacrifice. Green building is a great way to feel better about yourself and at the same time do absolutely nothing positive for the environment.
The idea that things with a slightly reduced environmental footprint are somehow good for the environment is just good advertising. In order to do my part, I’ve started buying soy milk with the green caps (that means it’s green), burning bio diesel, only wearing bamboo panties—and I bought one of those $95 dollar rain-catchment barrels. If anything can turn the world around, it’s the purchasing power of the American consumer. I’m going to use my stimulus check to buy one of those new green flat-screen TVs.
— Joseph Crawley