A $2,000,000 green home
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Environmental Lawyer Spends $2M Building a Home That Meets Green Building Certifications
ABA Journal (09/06/13) Cassens Weiss, Debra
It took environmental lawyer Eric Lemelson three years and about $2 million to build a house in Oregon's wine country that meets three stringent green certifications. The 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom home meets Passive House certification requirements for an airtight building heated by solar power. It also is LEED Platinum certified and Minergie-P-ECO certified, a program originating in Switzerland that emphasizes comfort while consuming fewer resources and less energy. Lemelson traveled to Switzerland to learn about the Minergie requirements, and hired a construction company led by the president of the Passive House Alliance. Some of the green features of the home include a heat-recovery ventilator that brings in fresh air, and outdoor window overhangs and external window shades to control light and keep the home cool. The energy bills for the home are expected to be under $50 annually. Lemelson manages two foundations, one established by his parents to encourage inventors, and another that focuses on climate change in the Himalayas.
Posted Mon, 09/16/2013 - 13:52
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