While George Bush already has a passive energy ranch in Texas, Al Gore just managed to get his solar roof on.
Between a ranch and a home there are a lot of special differences, as many as perhaps between George Bush and Al Gore on political beliefs, but the two seem to be really going passive on the issue of renewable energy, and in a proactive way.
Al Gores home in Belle Meade, Tennessee finally managed to thwart out of date building codes that didnt allow generators anywhere but on the ground, for fire hazard reasons.
As a solar panel is technically a generator, the zoning board in Gores neighborhood had to rule initially against it, until only recently this year the legislature was changed allowing solar panels on roofs as long as they dont get in the public eye.
Maybe because it was Al Gore, maybe it was the US department of Energys Mark Ginsberg, but whatever the reason, zero energy homes, buildings and commerce are now the latest Trend among Americans and Bush is in the lead.
While Al Gores home is still under renovation to install a geothermal system, upgrading windows, ductwork, energy-efficient light bulbs, rainwater collection systems for irrigation and water management as of the 12th of June 2007, Bushs ranch is already finished.
Al Gore has been trying to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council, and just got his solar roof approved by city council, while Bush has already been done for some time now.
Architect David Heymann of UTA designed the Bush Prairie Chapel Ranch to be a passive 4,000 square foot honeys colored native limestone single story four-bedroom home with a ten-foot limestone porch.
Maximize the Energy Value of Your Homes – by Mark Ginsberg (adobe PDF file)