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Good Neighbor

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 11, 2014 3:35:53 PM

 Good Neighbor THIS SHOWCASE MODEL home sits in an eight-house infill neighborhood in Chevy Chase, Md., and blends well with the other new homes the company has built there as well as the surrounding established homes. Designed to let potential buyers see firsthand the latest green products, technologies, and building methods, the home is a fusion of Frank Lloyd Wright and Asian styles. Brad Beeson, director of marketing for the builder, Bethesda Bungalows, ticks off the certifications and relevant scores this house has garnered: “It’s LEED Platinum, NAHB Emerald, EPA Indoor AirPLUS, EPA Energy Star for Homes, and earned a 91 Walkscore.” As key, though, is that the house looks like a traditionally designed home, which is important to many consumers, who still equate a green home with a modern-looking structure. The design and building team was able to create this timeless look by choosing sustainable products that offer a traditional look. The roof is Enviroshake, which is a wood-look, 95% recycled product. The siding is LP Smartside engineered wood. Finishing the look is Lifespan FSC-certified Radiata Pine and a garage door with 88% recycled content by Overhead Garage Door. Beeson notes that while the design fits well with the neighborhood, the fact that it’s a hybrid of Bungalow and Asian styles makes it unique. “There’s a high level of craftsmanship in the interior, which you notice when you walk in. You don’t see a ‘green house,’ you see the detail.” Beeson attributes this to good design and detailed specs that ensured everything from the screen walls to the built-in banquette iwere executed perfectly. While the company is pleased with the certifications this home achieved, they believe they have been building houses of this quality before they attempted to get certified. “I think you could look at any of the houses in [the infill neighborhood] and they would have reached some level of certification as well,” Beeson says.
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    Teregren bamboo countertops and built-ins customized by Victory Woodworking of Canaan, N.H.

  • Jeld-Wen’s low-e, argon-filled windows provide high-performance and style.

  • To maintain air quality, the team spec’d Delux no-VOC paint.

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