Conundrum is the book that explains why efficiency does not solve our environmental problems, but makes them more intractable, and therefore worse. Highly recommended.

The Efficiency Trap is another thoughtful exploration of how to avoid superficial fixes that hurt more than they help. In terms of energy in buildings it means that site-derived renewable energy (SDRE) is really the only option that matters.

Here is a review of the issues covered by these books.