Britain's Prince Charles is heir apparent to the throne, but he's not resting on his (inherited) laurels. No, Charles has been helping to design a new eco-friendly home for environmentally minded Brits. The two-story "villa" was built using clay blocks and sustainably-sourced timber, while energy retention is aided by sheep wool insulation and a tight envelope of wood fiber. That all sounds well and good, but the end result, which was held up by construction delays, doesn't look terribly good. For Charles's legacy, and to reduce waste, the house is designed to last upwards of 200 years.
· Prince Charles Unveils the ‘Natural House’, an Eco-Prototype for UK Homes [Inhabitat]