Grant Dorris, builder/contractor, LEED AP and Associate of IGP has a blog entry on Consilience about the "destruction" of home quality. He states that the majority of homebuilders choose a path "that is fast, labor saving, cheap, and based on cleverness rather than quality," rather than fulfilling "their responsibility to build safe, comfortable living environments that balance with their surrounding natural environments..."
This is a serious claim from a home builder and highlights the need for clients to choose their builders and designers very carefully. It makes no sense to commit to a 30-year note on a home that will last for only 15 or 20 years. See the essay at: