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Researchers Build Eco-Treehouse For Adults

If you miss the treehouses of your childhood, you may just have a new excuse to own one relatively soon. Researchers from have Tel Aviv University and MIT have built a prototype treehouse that can process waste and reduce carbon emissions— so you can feel even more justified in reliving your youth.

The researchers built the model treehouse from malleable tree roots that are hardened into steel girder-like structures. Apparently, the houses can be outfitted with solar panels and wind turbines, and they can even convert waste into nutrients for trees.

Prototype homes will be ready in ten years—but don’t get excited yet. They’ll be too expensive for all but a few. I also wonder about how realistic this model is for areas that experience natural disasters (and in this age of global warming, what area doesn’t?). Do you really want to be mired in the middle of a tree during a hurricane, tornado, or flood? But all practicalities aside, the nouveau treehouse looks like a lot of fun.

Photo Credit: The UK Telegraph

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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