Inhabitat wants to befriend BlackBerry-throwing, cop-spatting model Naomi Campbell so they hang at her 25-bedroom eco-palace on Turkey's Isla Playa De Cleopatra. Designed by green-minded Spanish architect Luis de Garrido, the glass and steel dome-shaped home is solar-powered, harvests rainwater, and, most notably, plays the roll of "eyeball" on Campbell's Eye of Horus-shaped compound. Sounds good, Inhabitat, but don't forget to pack a protective headgear, ear plugs, a handle of vodka, and plenty of grit.
Curbed DC notes that the asking price for Maryland's first ever passive house, a five-bedroom, 4-bath colonial at 4717 Chelsea Lane in Bethesda that's nice and close to public transportation, has been axed from $1,578,000 to $1,488,000.
TreeHugger recommends "8 Ways to Save Energy While Working from Home." On the list: Opening the curtains to allow for natural (and free) daylighting, unplugging any non-work-related devices, and decamping to a cafe for a couple of hours to avoid cabin fever and to give your own electric bill a small break.
The San Francisco Chronicle picks the brain of Santa Rosa-based "Gardening Tutor" Mary Frost. Frost describes the greenthumbed student-tutor relationship: "We work together hands on, side by side. We may shop for plants, decide on a maintenance plan. I assist in whatever it takes so that the garden they create makes them happy."
Curbed Chicago sizes up a 4,250-square home —"the largest residential solar-powered home in Chicago" — that just hit the market for $1.19 million." Curbed notes that minus green features like an EV charging station in the garage, an energy monitoring system, and 36 photovoltaic panels on the roof, "we're left with a perfectly comfortable-looking, but unexceptional home."
Re-Nest wrangles up a few choice treasures found at this year's Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago.
Earth911 has the dish on cleaning product concentrates that reduce the need for bulky, mostly plastic packaging. Concentrated laundry detergents and dishwashing liquid has proven to be somewhat popular with consumers but what about concentrated Windex refill pouches? Not so much.
Yanko Design digs Dominic Wilcox's repurposed paint brush coat hooks called, appropriately, Brush Hooks. The hooks made their debut at "Object Abuse," a London Design Festival exhibition that challenges designers to "take an everyday object, remould, rebuild, and repurpose it to create an entirely new item while using as little additional material as possible."
The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at a few notable green building add-ons that shrink household energy usage including blown fiberglass insulation, heat pump water heaters, concrete countertops, and energy monitoring systems. The WSJ notes that 93 percent of builders named energy efficiency as an important practice.