From Wisconsin comes an item from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on extra-sturdy houses constructed of glass. Simon Parrish, who developed the new construction method, spent about 20 years doing so. Parrish is production director for the Ambiente brand of manufactured housing. The process involves turning waste glass into a fine powder similar to sand, then combining it with a resin to form reinforced wall sections that are resistant to fire, water and mold. They are also engineered to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. There is no wood or metal in the house.