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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Interesting look at high-end sustainability

In recognition of the opening week of NFL football, and in hopes that people of all income (the more you have, the more efficient you can possibly be--at least compared to other folks in the neighborhood), we present a recent story (part of the article and a link to see the whole thing, including some pictures of a beautiful house) from Ecorazzi:  

A Peek Inside Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s Eco-Mansion
Inside Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's $20 million eco-friendly mansion

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchenopened the doors of their newly completed 14,000 square foot mansion to Architectural Digest. The home, which took five years and $20 million to complete, while large, is a great example of how a person can make any home eco-friendly.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Margaret Russell, told the Today show, “Tom Brady literally opened the door to me and took me through the house and I found out how committed they are to an Eco-conscious lifestyle. It made the story even more special.”
Bündchen told Architectural Digest about making their home green, “From the beginning we asked everyone involved in the design and construction, ‘How can we make it as sustainable as possible?’”
The couple says that 90% of the materials used inside the home are either recycled or antique. Three-quarters of the project’s construction debris was also recycled.

Giselle also had solar panels installed on the roof of the home. The couple even has their own chicken coop out back, so they can have fresh eggs daily.
There is one part of the house that doesn’t necessarily adhere to the green theme – Gisele’s massive walk-in closet, where her designer shoe and more than a few purses collection are on display....'



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