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Historic home nearing goal of net-zero after deep green remodeling [Video]

A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress.

When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old West Side Historic District, he wrote on his blog: “come true: drafty old windows, lead paint, zero insulation, a half-century old furnace, asbestos siding, a gas powered mower in the shed and even a few pieces of coal scattered around the back yard. What more could a couple ask for?” 

Grocoff knew that old homes use even more than their fair share of the energy pie, but “using resources to build big new green homes to save resources just seems ironic,” he said. After all, there are 130 million existing homes in the U.S. and half were built before 1972.

Grocoff’s goal was to take an existing home in a …

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Wentworth Mausoleum | Spectroom [Video]

Wentworth Mausoleum is an heritage-listed mausoleum located at Chapel Road, Vaucluse in the Municipality of Woollahra local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1872 to 1874 by Mansfield Brothers, architects. It is also known as Wentworth Mausoleum and site. The property is owned by Anglican Church Property Trust and is managed by Sydney Living Museums as part of Vaucluse House. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.