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Green model homes burn near Seattle; arson suspected

Burnedhomes_2As further indication that you can’t please everyone when it comes to green building, four model homes with sustainable features burned today near Seattle and “authorities found a sign purportedly left by eco-terrorists that mocks claims that the homes were environmentally friendly,” according to an article in the L.A. Times.

The spray-painted sign, which bore the initials of Earth Liberation Front, read “Built Green? Nope black!” and “McMansions in RCDs r not green,” which refers to rural cluster developments. In cluster developments, houses are built close together — thus the term cluster — in areas zoned for larger properties, and the remainder of the land is often designated “open space.” The effect is tract-home density in the middle of rural communities.

Still, the houses were termed green. According to the article:

One of the people involved in the project said the homes used “green” techniques such as water-pervious sidewalks, super-insulated walls and windows and products made with recycled materials, such carpet pads. Advertising for last summer’s Street of Dreams show focused on the environmentally friendly aspects of the homes, which were smaller than some of the huge houses featured in years past.

The burned houses were between 4,200 and 4,750 square feet in size, with prices up to nearly $2 million.

(Photo: AP)

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