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The Incredibly Green Home in Bethesda, Md., is one of the first houses in the country to achieve both LEED-Platinum and NGBS-Emerald certifications.

The Incredibly Green House

The Incredibly Green House

  • The bathrooms, which were designed with water savings in mind, feature Kohler dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads.

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    The bathrooms, which were designed with water savings in mind, feature Kohler dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads.

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    The bathrooms, which were designed with water savings in mind, feature Kohler dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads.

  • The Incredibly Green Home in Bethesda, Md., is one of the first houses in the country to achieve both LEED-Platinum and NGBS-Emerald certifications.

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    The Incredibly Green Home in Bethesda, Md., is one of the first houses in the country to achieve both LEED-Platinum and NGBS-Emerald certifications.

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    The Incredibly Green Home in Bethesda, Md., is one of the first houses in the country to achieve both LEED-Platinum and NGBS-Emerald certifications.

  • The home was designed to incorporate Frank Lloyd Wright's passion for Asian art and culture.

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    The home was designed to incorporate Frank Lloyd Wright's passion for Asian art and culture.

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    The home was designed to incorporate Frank Lloyd Wright's passion for Asian art and culture.

  • The judges were wowed by the home's gleaming jatoba wood floors and Arts-and-Crafts detailing.

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    The judges were wowed by the home's gleaming jatoba wood floors and Arts-and-Crafts detailing.

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    The judges were wowed by the home's gleaming jatoba wood floors and Arts-and-Crafts detailing.

  • The elevated dining area is surrounded by columns and awash in natural light.

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    The elevated dining area is surrounded by columns and awash in natural light.

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    The elevated dining area is surrounded by columns and awash in natural light.

  • The kitchen boasts Miele Energy Star appliances and dimmable LED lighting.

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    The kitchen boasts Miele Energy Star appliances and dimmable LED lighting.

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    The kitchen boasts Miele Energy Star appliances and dimmable LED lighting.

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One of the first homes in the country to achieve both LEED-Platinum and NGBS-Emerald certification, the Incredibly Green Home is a living laboratory of energy-saving products and technologies.

Designed as a showcase model home, the five-bedroom bungalow incorporates a broad array of green building technologies and products, including a ground-loop geothermal HVAC system, a 1.75-kW PV system, and spray-foam insulation. Deep roof overhangs on the first and second floors and low-E argon-filled windows also help to keep energy use low.

Located on a 0.11-acre infill lot, the home is within a few minutes’ walk to shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Deconstruction of the previous home reclaimed nearly 3 tons of reusable building materials, including roofing, appliances, framing lumber, and 800 square feet of oak flooring, which was re-used in the theater room. Other reclaimed materials used for the project include 100-year-old farmhouse glass in cabinet doors, an antique soapstone sink, and columns made from an on-site elm tree.

But it was the interior’s gleaming jatoba wood floors, simple lines, and intricate Arts and Crafts details that won the judges over. “There’s a place for this type of Craftsman design, and this is a good representation of that,” they noted.


PRODUCTS
Windows: Jeld-Wen / Interior Doors: Woodharbor / Garage Door: Overhead Door / Siding: LP / Roofing: Enviroshake / Decking: Trex / Insulation: Icynene / Appliances: Miele / Countertops: Teragren; Icestone / Toilets: Kohler / Flooring: FSC-certified jatoba; reclaimed oak; Wicanders / Paint: ICI Dulux / Central Vacuum: Vacuflo / Interior Lighting: Cree / Exterior Lighting: Kichler / Pavers: Belgard / HVAC: WaterFurnace; Renewaire / Home Automation: Control4
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