An Interesting Example of Green BuildingBy Berit Griffin
We’re big fans of building green around here. We know lots of you are too, so here’s a little inspiration to start off your week.
Home Design Find recently profiled the Cold Spring Green Condos in Massachusetts. What makes these condos green? Let’s count the ways:
- Geothermal energy! Instead of using electricity to heat and cool, Cold Spring Green uses a geothermal system from wells in front of each building. This leads to a 70 percent cost savings on heating and cooling. Best of all, there won’t be any difference between this and a more traditional system: the condos will remain at comfortable temperatures year-round.
- The roofs are ready for solar panels! This will further help reduce energy costs.
- The kitchens have energy-efficient appliances.
- Open floor plans help air to circulate.
As Home Design Find points out, there are many tax rebates and credits for green building, both federally and in Massachusetts. As a matter of fact, they estimate that with solar panels, owners could save nearly $100,000 over 20 years.
How much do you think you could save your customers by building green?
Photos courtesy of Home Design Find.