“Eco-Beach” is the first home in Delaware certified by the US Green Building Council. During construction, 90% of all materials were used and 96% were recycled. The house was insulated with a closed cell spray foam insulation as well as a BATT insulation. High efficiency gas furnaces and tankless hot water heaters were also installed. Air loss is less than 6% and was tested using a blower door test. All wood materials came from sustainable forests and 90% of the flooring is recycled. There are no invasive plants on the property and low flow faucets and fittings help conserve resources. Keeping with the theme, homeowners outfitted the home with organic fabrics and furnishings.
(May 13, 2009) Walk up the oyster-shell driveway, climb the steps of this summer house on pilings and open the door to a powerful, soothing scent of pine.
That’s from the floorboards, which were salvaged from a monastery in Ocean City, Md. Step into the kitchen and find a counter made of soapstone, a hard surface of talc and quartz, and all appliances Energy Star-approved… The House that Green Built