Most people in the US know that it's environmentally unsound to drive an SUV. Even those who drive them. Drive a Hummer and you might as well be raping Mother Earth.
So, it may come as a surprise that them major energy users are not motorized vehicles. Buildings are the big culprit. How much worse are buildings? I had 2 big software vendors differ on this. One said buildings use up 75% of the energy, another said half. Anyway, it's a lot!
The big 3 software vendors of AEC (Autodesk, Bentley and Graphisoft) each tell me their solutions will make architects more aware of the environmental impact of their designs. More on that later...
I'm reevaluating my dream of a big house with a couple of Priuses in the circular driveway. Once this news gets out, my dream house may be plastered with "I'm raping the earth, ask me how" stickers courtesy of Marin enviro-radicals.