Grist has sage advice
on how to stay toasty and save energy at home this winter: "Weatherstrip your windows and put some damned socks on." Or, install a wood-burning stove and "for maximum hipster cred, burn wood you grew yourself in your community rooftop garden."
EcoHome looks into the green housing crystal ball to forecast "Six Trends That Will Shape Green Homes." What are they you ask? Energy-efficiency, health, location and density, performance monitoring, water conservation, and "more for the money."
the winners of the "Healthy Homes" for Haiti Design competition. The goal of the Archive Institute-sponsored design-off? "In an effort to limit the spread of Tuberculosis (one of the leading infectious diseases in Haiti), 147 teams of architects, engineers, public health workers, and doctors designed homes that are environmentally conscious, sensitive to the economic and cultural environment."
The Wall Street Journal reports
on the green luxury home market in Europe. Writes the WSJ: "The luxury carbon-neutral home concept — in which properties attain a net-zero carbon footprint — has been labeled 'a conscience salve,' 'greenwashing' and 'a complete misnomer' by critics. Despite that skepticism, developers are hoping to turn a seemingly contradictory phrase into a 21st-century success story, laying plans for prime deluxe carbon-neutral property all over Europe."
The Independent chitchats
with Guy Trench, a British designer and shopkeep who specializes in transforming useless junk into coveted home decor items. Explains Trench: "To me, the term ‘upcycling’ means taking a throwaway thing and making it into something else with a purpose. It has a wow factor, you walk into a room and see something that is completely different." He adds: "I love my job to death. I suppose it’s a little bit eco but I really love it because it’s being inventive."
a couple of white vinegar ice cubes down the drain to deodorize and clean the garbage disposal.
Natural Home pinpoints
, with the help of architect and Passive House Alliance co-founder Mark A. Miller, a few leaky spots around the home that should be sealed for optimum air tightness. Recessed lights, attic hatches, hose bib piping, and electrical outlets on exterior walls all make the list.
the five winners (out of over 400 entries) of the "Sustainable Refrainable" poster design competition. Good stuff.
a bunch of mind-blowing "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" clips from the 1980s. While the featured homes are centered more around champagne wishes and caviar dreams than geothermal heating and drought-tolerant landscaping, they're certainly worth a tour. One of my favorite people, John Waters, gives a tour of his gleefully offensive Baltimore abode in the video embedded below.