The "green" 15,000 square foot mansion

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Frank McKinney is a "maverick daredevil real estate artist" according to his not-at-all-over-the-top website, a "super hero meets Robin Hood, 5-time international best-selling author; philanthropist, risk taker, and visionary who sees opportunities and creates markets where none existed before."

In short, he's everything but modest. Same goes for the mega-mansions McKinney creates. The portfolio of the Boynton Beach developer, whose dyed lion's mane of a hairdo would be at home on a Def Leppard reunion tour, includes a $135 million spec house the size of a mall.

And now, without sacrificing a square foot, he's gone certifiably green. "Acqua Lina" is his $29 million, 15,000 square foot, double-waterfront offering in Manalapan Beach. It's a monster of opulence, but the United States Green Building Council has OKed it as sustainable. While the idea of an environmentally-friendly uber-mansion might seem scoffable, check McKinney's claims:

* Solar panels, insulative characteristics, environmentally conscious lighting, ultra-high efficient appliances and air-conditioning that cut down on electrical consumption by over 50%. On certain days the home will be energy neutral, and will generate enough electricity to run two average size homes.

* A system that collects runoff water from the cedar roof and fills the water garden. The system collects enough reusable water to fill the average size swimming pool every 17 days.

* Ultra-high efficient air conditioning and purification systems that make the home's indoor air quality 2x cleaner than a hospital's operating room.

* Use of enough reclaimed and renewable wood to save over 10.5 acres of rain forest. Renewable woods used regenerate at an average rate of every 5 years vs. every 50 years for many hardwoods (one species of Colombian guada bamboo regenerates by growing up to 90 feet in a single year!).

* During construction over 340,000 pounds of debris and trash was recycled. Over 85% of all debris was diverted, and will never reach a landfill.

* An automated "bio-feedback" system that allows the owner to monitor resource consumption in real time.

Whoa, Colombian guada bamboo. It's a consience massage for the Lear Jet set.

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Wow. This is really something else. Went into the guys "online store", and he actually sells a talking action figure of himself. What??!!


Is there a movie-tie in? He looks like an evil wizard that will be defeated by a talking animal and his assorted woodland friends.


Wow. This is really something else. Went into the guys "online store", and he actually sells a talking action figure of himself. What??!!!

Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff

So now we know that the United States Green Building Council certification is a bit of a joke. They obviously are not applying the right criteria. Part of the global problem is related to excess. We have too many people consuming too much energy and resources. Obviously some much more than others. I don't care how you look at it, that is excess and it is not green or sustainable or ecological. I guess they haven't heard of the 3 planet syndrome.

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