23 Jan '12, 9pm

Is putting solar panels on poorly designed homes in suburbia greenwash or a step in right direction?

Is putting solar panels on poorly designed homes in suburbia greenwash or a step in right direction?

KB Homes, not the one shown in plan but chosen for its ugliness /Promo image Sami and I have been having a bunfight in the water cooler, ever since he put up his post KB Home's Solar-As-Standard Spreads to Florida. Will It Make Solar Mainstream? . Sami, anticipating my objections, writes: We greenies shouldn't lament something that makes clean energy tangible, accessible and decidedly more mainstream. The more solar gets installed, the cheaper it becomes....I, for one, am delighted. It might be lipstick on a pig. But putting lipstick on every pig eventually makes for cheaper lipstick for the other farm animals too. I raised all of my usual objections. KB Homes/Promo image I won't even go into the fact that the subdivision where they are starting this has a walkscore of 8, . Lets just look at the house, with its plan that has no cross ventilation even in bedrooms at corners...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/survey-are-s...

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