Frank McKinney designed and built a certified green mansion valued
at $29 million dollars (U.S.). The house has a Silver LEED rating
from the U.S Green Building Council, a Certified Florida Green Home
rating from the Florida Green Building Coalition, and meets the
Energy Star for Homes criteria established by the U.S. Environmental
The house includes an innovative use of solar, water, and materials.
Super energy efficient appliances cut down on electrical consumption by
On certain days the home will be energy neutral, and can generate enough
electricity to run two average-sized homes. The house used enough
reclaimed and renewable wood to save over 10.5 acres of rain forest.
A system that collects runoff water from the cedar roof fills the water
garden. The system collects enough reusable water to fill the average
size swimming pool every 17 days.
McKinney donated money from the sale of the house to the Crush It
Charity, which builds houses and self-sufficient villages in Haiti.
Read more about the house here.
Areen Movsessian of Classic Bakery owns a fondant topped cupcake
appraised at $42,000, a new world record. The cupcake was embellished
with nine .75 ct. round diamonds, and finished with one 3 ct. round-cut
diamond, donated by Jonathan Mervis. This value of this cupcake beat the
previous record by $12,000.
The dessert was designed in Gaithersburg, Maryland on April 15, 2009.
Alan Tarwater and Jonathan Mervis were present as witnesses.
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