It’s not unusual for an architect to announce, with great fanfare, that he or she has just designed “the greenest home in America” — nor is it unusual for journalists to rush these stories to print. The phenomenon has been going on for years — so long, in fact, that I decided to do a small survey of the “greenest homes.”
- The $2.2 million house at 2020 Alton Road in Miami Beach has been called “the greenest home in South Florida.”
- The $2 million house at 520 Clipper Street has been called “the greenest house in San Francisco.”
- David Edwards’ 3,100-square-foot house in San Jose, California, has been called “the greenest home in California.”
- Steve Glenn’s $1 million house in Santa Monica, California, has been called “the world’s greenest home” or, if you prefer, “the greenest house on the planet.”
- Lisa Ling’s 4,300-square-foot house (also in Santa Monica, California) has been called “the greenest home in Santa Monica” — meaning that it might have beat out Steve Glenn’s house, otherwise known as the world’s greenest home.
- Michael Yannel’s $1.6 million Chicago home has been called the “greenest home in America.”
- The multi-million-dollar home of Paul Holland and Linda Yates in Portola Valley, California, which measures 5,600 square feet, has also been called “the greenest home in America.”
- Ron Abramson’s 6,500-square-foot house in Lyons, Colorado has also been called “the greenest home in America.”
- Fine Homebuilding declared that Peter Pfeiffer’s 4,175-square-foot house in Austin, Texas is (perhaps) “the greenest house in America”. (There was a question mark at the end of the phrase.)
So, what do these 10 homes have in common? At least two things: they are all larger than the average American home, and they are all considerably more expensive than the average American home.
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