The topic pops up every month or two. Last month, the issue of big green homes came up in the context of eco-terrorism. Five luxury homes priced over $2 million each were set on fire with a sign left behind saying: "Built green? Nope Black! McMansions + RCD’s R Not Green – ELF"# # The luxury homes were advertised as green, but clearly the eco-terrorists disagreed.# The burnt homes were about 4200 to 4750 sf in size, which isn’t that bad, when compared to some so-called luxury green homes we’ve seen (this one being 9800 sf). The incident highlights the tension between big homes and sustainability.
Today the NY Times resurrects the issue in the context of a new development in Connecticut. As you can tell from the image above, the homes are built in a style meant to evoke 19th-century English country houses. I’m not really interested the style, but some people are and I understand that. The above home is the model home — the first of at least twenty-four, extravagant "green" homes. It’s 7,000 sf.