In the event that you missed the massive, countrywide 14 Annual National Solar Tour
last weekend and you’re still jonesing for a green open house of any sort, here’s an idea (at least for folks in the DC Metro area):
Designed by Cunningham | Quill Architects
and built by GreenSpur
, the carbon-neutral, mostly-constructed-from-recycled/reclaimed-materials CharityWorks GreenHouse was erected to serve as a model home of sustainability
. At 4,000-square feet and boasting a wine cellar, pool, spa, and “virtual golf room,” the Craftsman style home may ruffle a few feathers because of its generous size and perhaps superfluous bells and whistles. However, the truly efficient design
of the house — it consumes 70 to 80 percent less energy per square foot than a comparable new home — overrules any unnecessary lavishness. It includes a geothermal system, solar hot water system, photovoltaic panels, green roof, native landscaping, low-flow fixtures, rainwater recycling system, and Structural Insulated Panel System
Perhaps the most notable aspects of the GreenHouse are the rooms themselves. They've been outfitted by a brigade of 18 designers
who worked their magic under the direction of a 10-page book of eco-guidelines. The goal was to enhance the “health, safety and welfare” of the home’s future occupants so expect nontoxic paints and finishes, energy-efficient appliances, plenty of natural fabrics, and a fair share of antiques and other upcycled objects.
The main message of this show house is you don't have to sacrifice comfort or luxury to live a carbon-neutral existence.
Killer. If you plan to hit up the CharityWorks GreenHouse over the next couple of weeks, pop on back to this post and let us hear your thoughts? Did the builders and designers get the “green meets luxury” scheme down pat or did it seem off balance?
And while you're at it, check out Re-Nest's sneak peek
at the inside
of the CharityWorks GreenHouse.