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How do you make a home that looks this great – green?  Combine a geothermal heating and cooling system, with loads of cross ventilation, tankless-toilets, low-flow faucets, a rainwater capture system, a living, green roof – and a 15KW wind turbine capable of powering the whole deal – and you have a designer home that’s fast on its way to LEED Silver Certification.

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Designed by Peter Gluck and Partners of NYC, the home which sits high up amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, possesses a very compelling 100 mile view.   The house is divided into 3 programmatic zones, kitchen/dining, sleeping and recreation.

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The 3 zone set-up allows the owners to only open the sections needed.  The indoor pool and recreation systems are located beneath the living/dining area and buried into the hill to reduce the home’s mass on the site and preserve as much of the view from above as possible.

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Native plants were used in landscaping and the green roof, which was designed and installed by Living Roofs, Inc.  Responsibly harvested local materials were used in construction wherever possible.

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Additional sustainable features and systems include a heat pump for the geothermal heating system, super efficient LED and fluorescent lighting fixtures and sugar-based open cell blown insulation throughout.

green roof photo credit: Living Roofs