Going Green Reaches New Heights

June 17th, 2010

Francie Rehwald, a resident of Malibu, California is constructing an entirely green house out of a recycled jumbo jet! This creative endeavor, known as the “Wing House”, was the brainchild of David Hertz, an LA architect. He became interested in this project after discovering that it’d make a very green home – the jet can even be cut into pieces and recycled!

This airplane, which was designed and built before the aid of computers, was only the 28th model that Boeing’s assembly line produced. The jet was built for Pan Am and later operated by Tower Air. The wings, which are now a roof over Francie Rehwald’s head, span 195 feet. Rehwald purchased the retired plane for $35,000, saving the parts from ending up in a landfill. But getting her hands on a plane wasn’t her only task – she had to receive clearance from 17 different government agencies! Five major highways had to be closed to bring the 4.5 million parts (all of which are being put to use) to Malibu to construct the house. The structure even has to be registered with the FAA, so that pilots flying by don’t mistake it for a downed aircraft.

This incredible house is completely green, with features from solar power to radiant heating. It is nearing completion – Rehwald hopes to move in 3 months from now. This creative, eco-friendly house has become “all the talk on the mountain!”

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