Wow, the U.S. Green Building Council may need to expand its LEED certification to dollhouses. More and more companies are coming out with miniature homes to teach children about the importance of green architecture. While most of the green tech in these toys is for display only, meaning their wind turbines and rain collection cisterns don't actually work, there are a few models out there that actually incorporate working solar panels that power LEDs and gardens that use desalinated water! Say what?!
- 1-3. The Emerson House by Brinca Dada: solar panels and recessed LED lights, plus non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints.
- 4-5. Thames and Kosmos' Power House Green Essentials Edition: Learn about alternative energy through the green projects included in this kit. Build a solar cell array, a passive solar collector, a solar oven, an air conditioner, a refrigerator, a hydrometer, a lemon battery, and a wind power generator. There's also a full kit available with even more green experiments like, desalinate water, make a potted plant feed a candle, harvest sunflower energy, build an oil press, extract electric current from sunlight and metals in acid, build a light telephone, build an electric car.
- 6. Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse: The frame is made of sustainable bamboo that's treated with a light water-based stain, then polished with beeswax. Solar panels on the roof power five interior LEDs.