Here’s a video which hits some essential points about green building, including the idea that the idea is still a pretty fuzzy one. For instance, certain materials like bamboo floors are sustainable. Yet, they need to be shipped in from China to other parts of the world which uses quite a bit of fossil fuel. Therefore, is it green?
The answer this video gives is that it depends on your perspective, and your priorities. It’s an interesting discussion. In any case, here’s the video, which raises other points besides.