“Great design isn’t enough. We need homes that will get us to net-zero”

To reduce carbon emissions, architects and designers need to change the way they design homes, writes Geraldine de Boisse, vice president of innovation at renewable-energy supplier Bulb.



a woman wearing a blue shirt: Geraldine de Boisse


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The way we live and work has changed. While we might not know exactly what normal looks like anymore, we know we need to act now to tackle the climate crisis. And that includes everyone in every industry.

Great design isn’t enough. We need homes and offices that will get us to net-zero. Construction work accounts for 36 per cent of global energy use and 39 per cent of CO2 emissions. It’s therefore crucial to future-proof buildings and make them green. That includes changing the way we design, power and heat our homes and offices.

Until now, most of the gains we’ve made in tackling the climate crisis haven’t affected people’s daily lives.

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A Newly Listed $4.25 Million Los Angeles Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright ‘Is Not for the Faint of Heart’

Known as the Samuel and Harriet Freeman House, it was built between 1923 and 1925.


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The University of Southern California is selling a
Frank Lloyd
 
Wright
-designed Los Angeles home, one of four in the city using concrete blocks, for $4.25 million.

The Samuel and Harriet Freeman House in the Hollywood Hills was constructed with more than 12,000 cast concrete blocks used both inside and out, and features a salon-style layout with a central hearth, partially open kitchen and several outdoor spaces. It was created by the famed American architect between 1923 and 1925.

The two-bedroom, 2,884-square-foot residence is “a treasure that needs restoration,” said listing agent
Mike Deasy,
the CEO of
Deasy Penner Podley,
a brokerage that specializes in architecturally significant and historic properties. 

“We’ve seen interest from art collectors and institutions,”
Mr. Deasy
said. 

More: A $70 Million Modern Los Angeles Mansion Heads to

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In a wooded oasis where Addison and Dallas meet is a home that embraces the nature around it

Do you dream of an escape from the city without going too far? Well, you can make that dream a reality at this custom-built home in Dallas. The home was designed using natural materials and has an abundance of windows. It sits on 2.07 acres of greenery-filled space, so you can live like you have your own private oasis.

The home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and one half-bathroom in 7,196 square feet of space. Co-listing agent Elizabeth Wisdom of Allie Beth Allman & Associates said the home has plenty of privacy and is set away from view.

“It feels like you’re sitting on a nature preserve in the heart of Dallas,” Wisdom said.

She noted that the home is best for people with grown children because of its unique layout. In addition to the primary suite, the two other bedrooms have large en suite bathrooms with dual sinks and

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Chip Gaines explains what’s happening with his long hair

New network, new look.

Home-design pros Chip and Joanna Gaines celebrated Thursday’s launch of their new Magnolia Network by sitting down with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on TODAY, where Chip showed off his shoulder-length hair.

“Nobody can agree on anything,” he said. “You’re either in this camp or you’re in this camp. Well, Twitter is very similar in that regard with my hair. It’s either you love this or you (hate it).”

How does Joanna Gaines feel about husband Chip’s longer locks? “It's grown on me,” she said on TODAY. (Nathan Congleton / TODAY)

How does Joanna Gaines feel about husband Chip’s longer locks? “It’s grown on me,” she said on TODAY. (Nathan Congleton / TODAY)

Savannah and Hoda are among those divided; Hoda voted to cut it, while Savannah declared his look “cute.” But the big question is — how does wife Joanna feel about it?

“It’s grown on me,” Joanna said and then added that he’s going to shave it all off soon. “I think I’m going to

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