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Green Housing Comes to Florida

November 28th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

The U.S. Green Building Council has certified Floridas first Silver Home in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. At a time when home sales are sluggish, environmental friendly sales are on an up tick. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, one reason might be the 30 percent energy savings every month.

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Hear it Hear: Green Housing

This home is just over 21 hundred square feet. It costs just over 4 hundred thousand dollars. And from the outside, it looks like most other homes.

But inside, there are low volume toilets, energy efficient lights. Special windows. At the dedication, builder Dave Wamsley says the saving can be surprising.

This home will be 30 percent cheaper to run, month to month, than a normal code compliant home.

There is also no traditional hot water heater. This is the entire hot water system right here. No big tank…when the faucet inside is turned on, this unit heats just enough water for that faucet.

Around the perimeter of the house, a rain garden, designed to keep most water runoff on the site. The concept impressed former Environmental Protection Secretary Colleen Castille. Storm water is what really creates quality problems without water statewide.

The house is the first in Florida given a silver rating by a national non profit group encouraging energy efficient building. Charles Patterson of 1,000 Friends of Florida says the home is the future of building.

“This is a big part of what we need to do to have a sustainable community statewide.

The new owners will move in just in time for Christmas

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