Originally Posted by mhays
Even if the STRUCTURE had zero impact, the flooring alone probably has more impact than a typical entire house, by a wide margin. Or the electrical systems. Or the mechanical systems. A house that big needs a massive amount of stuff, and sustainability advances can only improve it so much.
If this guy wants to get in as a sustainable materials source, he just screwed himself up big time.
I dunno. The energy savings he's promising might be BS, but on paper they look pretty promising. See that section up there about how building his home would only cost about 10% more than a comparable residence, but he's saying in the long run that the energy cost reductions would put it very much into the black, cost wise, vs. anything else of that scale. What's interesting is that none of his ideas are "new" per se, but rather, he's taking a lot of green ideas and mashing many of them together on one residential project in a way I don't think has been done before.
Finally, the size of the house wasn't done to be green or appease them; the article states that he liked the classic French and English country mansions and modeled this after those. That indicates to me he did the size and aesthetics for purely personal reasons.