The small town of Bolton, England is mostly just an outlying borough of Manchester. It does have at least one special feature, though: an 8,000 sq. ft., zero-carbon, eco-friendly home, designed by Make Architects. And it was a major work of love for the community; the structure's construction was a collaboration between the town, the client, and the UK's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
The home is a single story, 4-bedroom deal, equipped with a living roof of plants and such an energy-efficient nature as to allow it to produce even more energy than it consumes. The building of the house involved officials from the British Government's advisory panel for renewable and sustainable energy and is being held up as an example for new buildings all over the country.