Sustainable vs. Green
There are differences between sustainable and green even though these terms are often used as interchangeable. This article in Scientific American on the Top 10 Myths About Sustainability gives a whole lot of information on the sustainability motif. There are of course some overlaps in the two terms, but I agree that sustainability is more important than green. When building new homes the replacement time for flooring, appliances, roofing, siding, heating systems, etc., can be a much greater concern than just building “green”. The best option would be to optimize both your sustainability and your “greenness” when you are choosing building materials and design. That saves money both in the short term and in the long term…sounds good to me.