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You better watch! After all green homes sell for 9% more than non-green homes!
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LA Times: "A new study involving an unusually large sample of homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 has documented that, holding all other variables constant, a green certification label on a house adds an average 9% to its selling value." So glad the tide is turning & people see the value of eco-friendly housing!
First doobies, then brownies, then medicine, now housing?! Dang, is there anything weed can't do? AGBeat explains how hemp is harnessed for homes (alliteration!). I don't smoke but this is pretty cool!
BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France. It will be a commune for exhibitionists! This would be cool if your neighbor was a hottie. Constant eye candy...but if he a troll, hmmm not so cool. Et moi, j'adore le soleil, but you'd have to wear sunscreen 24/7 inside! Merde!
This ain't your grandma's trailer park! Leave it to IKEA to bring mobile homes into the 21st century. Check out their new line of prefab homes (called Aktiv), which start at $80k. True, you ain't gonna raise the Brady Bunch there, but for singles or young/retired couples this is a great option! It's akin to living in a hotel suite. Like for me, it's perfect. I'm low maintenance, no frills, no partner, no kids, no pets, no plants. (violins). The only hurdle is finding a piece of land. A piece of earth in a metro area that allows this is rare, and if it exists, bet your life that lot is gonna be 2-4 times 80k!! More pix here.
Winner of the Department of Energy's bi-annual Solar Decathalon in DC is WaterShed! Congrats! Check out the stunning features that aren't only easy on the eyes but also kind to Mother Earth. The one detail that wouldn't fit me is the conference table that converts to bed (Video 0:55). For me, it would be a pain to clear off my big project just to sleep. I'd rather leave all my paperwork on the table and crash on the couch!
Nevertheless, I hope this catches on to the mainstream. Going green doesn't mean sacrificing aesthetics. You can indeed be a trendy tree hugger!