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A self-proclaimed advocate of eco-friendly design, Michaelis did his best to source materials responsibly, bringing them in from all over Europe. When scanning the list of environmentally-conscious construction choices, though, I couldn’t help but question the impact of digging into the earth in order to essentially build a mansion without breaking the rules. Michaelis did incorporate a number of sustainable materials and practices into its construction, from the sedum- and thyme-covered green roof to the solar panels on the carport, which charge the family’s electric car. This eco-friendly home is sleek and elegant; a perfect example of how eco-conscious building doesn’t have to skimp on style. As Michaelis said during his interview with Treehugger: “…you don’t have to wear sandals to do this sort of thing.”

Via  CNN.com

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