A fun and yet, oddly informative opinion piece on building a green home by Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert.
He notes at one point, "I went into the process thinking that green homes were ugly because hippies have bad taste. That turns out to be nothing but a coincidence." This is followed up by an explanation as to the causes of said ugliness – color of the roof, lack of windows, little-to-no grass etc.
This is well worth the read, even if you don't plan to build a green home any time soon.