World's Greenest Homes

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun to peek inside fancy eco-friendly dwellings.

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Features lots of architecturally interesting green homes from around the world.

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The homes featured are trendy and expensive.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which profiles homes that are both stylish and eco-friendly -- doesn't have any content that makes it inappropriate for kids. That said, young viewers probably won't be too excited about it unless they enjoy architecture or learning more about the green lifestyle. It's worth noting that the featured homes are usually very pricey and have undergone extensive (and expensive!) renovations.

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What's the story?

WORLD'S GREENEST HOMES takes viewers on tours of houses that have been designed to be both stylish and environmentally friendly. From Indiana to Australia, host Emmanuel Belliveau travels the world to get a close-up look at some of today's most spectacular \"green\" houses, whose owners have committed themselves to invest in dwellings that conserve energy and make the most of local resources. Homeowners offer explanations about their choice of materials and other structural details, pointing out how these choices were made to make the home as green as possible. Belliveau, who's also a designer, occasionally discusses other eco-friendly alternatives, and the show also deals with the specific architectural designs of each residence, demonstrating how these works of art function as environmentally sustainable living spaces.

Is it any good?

While it's important to applaud the contribution that this small group of dedicated homeowners is making to save the planet, you have to wonder what this eco-sensitive show is really trying to accomplish. It's fun looking inside these houses, but by highlighting their pricey architectural splendor, World's Greenest Homes suggests that green living is usually expensive and rather inaccessible for most people. As a result, while the show offers some voyeuristic pleasure to viewers of any age who enjoy looking at beautiful homes, it offers few practical ideas to homeowners who want to make their own lives a little greener.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to build a completely green home. Are these houses affordable for the average family? Do you think green homes are the wave of the future, or part of a fad that makes for good television? Families can also discuss ways to make their own homes greener. How could your house be more environmentally friendly? Are there ways to do it without spending a lot of money?

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