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Discussing sustainability with P. Allen Smith

By John Kirchner December 13, 2010

Last week, we shared a video that introduced you to P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Retreat. Today we continue that exploration with a video from Smith in which he explains his home’s approach to sustainability. It’s a mix of traditional and newer building techniques — he’s done things like positioning the house with consideration for the sun’s angles and including a sophisticated, energy-efficient in-floor heating system.

When P. Allen Smith designed the Garden Home Retreat, he wanted it to be as energy-efficient and “green” as possible. That includes positioning the home to take advantage of shade, collecting rainwater for irrigating the garden, using energy-efficient appliances and windows, and more. Watch the short video above for more, or check out our YouTube channel for other videos from Smith.