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May 02, 2006

Green Homes

Peter Coy

This is an artist's rendering of an environmentally conscious home that's going up in Raleigh, N.C. It's called the National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHome. Just a few of its "green" features:

*Xeriscape landscaping that doesn't need lots of watering.

*Putting the garage under the house reduces the amount of land consumed by the house.

*Lots of spray foam and rigid foam insulation.

*Shingles with built-in solar collectors.

*Pipes running beneath the shingles for heating up water for home use.

*A pump and piping system that sucks heat out of the ground in the winter and injects heat into the ground in the summer.

*Underground rain barrels that collect water for irrigation and flushing the toilets.

*Outdoor composting.

*Systems to improve indoor air quality such as paint that doesn't emit fumes, waterproofing to prevent mold, fine air filters, and sealing off the garage.

Groundbreaking was Apr. 3. The house is being built by Cherokee Investment Partners, which specializes in cleaning up and building on "environmentally impaired" sites. It will be only the third home in the country to satisfy the National Association of Homebuilders' model green home building guidelines. The others are in State College, Pa., and Albuquerque, N.M.

If you want to know more, check out this link.

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Putting the garage under the house reduces the amount of land consumed by the house???

This is a "feature." What are we saving this 500 square feet of land for? The "green"movement has gone too far.

Posted by: Frank Drakman at August 4, 2006 02:59 PM

I'm interested plans and contractors who might be interested in building a similar looking green home for seniors in Truth or Consequences, NM. My phone is 505-894-1645.

Thank you, Deanna Fuller

Posted by: Deanna Fuller at November 19, 2006 05:40 PM

Consider a great new website. http://www.ListedGreen.com

Listed Green

A great internet platform for green homes for sale.

Posted by: dave at April 14, 2007 12:34 AM


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