Grist asks: "Who's got the greenest house on the planet?" Writer Jess Zimmerman notes that the "'greenest house' thing is sort of a pointless race — not unlike having the longest fingernails, actually — since these green-tech-heavy yuppie paradises aren't likely to be more energy-efficient than a hut in a village."

Garden & Gun (yes, Garden & Gun) marvels at the lush, Patrick Blanc-designed vertical garden growing at Laura Vinroot Poole's chichi clothing boutique in Charlotte, N.C.

Jetson Green thankfully does not reference JWow or the Guidice clan with a look at the Jersey LABhaus, a green, four-bedroom prefab home under construction in the Garden State. That's a rendering of it pictured up top.

Dwell takes in some "Souped Up" green architecture at SOUPERGreen an "exhibition of new architectural work that offers a compelling alternative to the conventional idea of “being green.” The exhibition is running through April 14th at the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles. 

EcoHome rounds up five different homes that "make salvage ultra-stylish."

The Los Angeles Times rummages through the trash in search of junk that can be used to make gardening tools. A compost bin made from bed springs or a claw-foot tub transformed into an ornamental shade garden, anyone? 

Curbed is rendered dumbstruck by a Tacoma, Wash. (holler!) man's 2,300-square foot man cave in the basement of his 7,600-square foot home. The space features a "gun shop-cum-safe room," pool table, and tons of lots of vintage car memorabilia. And actual vintage cars. 

Re-Nest discusses the many eco-splendors of pellet stoves. 

TreeHugger takes a moment to rant on the un-aesthetically pleasing properties on ceiling fans and their inherent "fugliness." 

Designboom is amused by Sascha Urban and Dorthea Wirwall's "Loungebarrow," a wheelbarrow that doubles as a totally functional padded chair with a built-in laptop desk. 

USA TODAY asks consumers how they really feel about the new breed of energy-efficient light bulbs that will replace old school incandescents. According to a USA TODAY/Gallup poll, a majority of consumers — 84 percent — are more than "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with 'em. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: Warming up
As NYC breaks the 60 degree mark — thank you, Mother Nature! — here's a look at 10 hot green home news items you may have missed this week.