Consilience: The Blog recently featured what was advertised as a "sustainable" house--the "Ultimate Green Home" for the Next Generation, no less. The house has more than 6,500 square feet of air conditioned space (it's in Vegas, so A/C is de rigueur), including 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a 3-car garage, swimming pool, a home theater, an elevator, yada yada yada.
The blog author said he'd ask a series of questions posed by Janis Birkeland (an Australian professor of architecture who specializes in sustainability) to determine just how "sustainable" this house is.
In a later blog post, citing the need to maintain neutrality on these issues as President of the Institute of Green Professionals, the blog author opened the matter up for public input by way of LinkedIn.
Nonetheless, he also answered Birkeland's questions. (Neutrality's an over-rated virtue, anyway, right?)
Sounds like, on the whole, Janis wouldn't be impressed.