1850s Rowhouse Now Carbon Neutral!

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In the heart of Capitol Hill — just a few blocks from the nation's capitol — is this newly renovated gem.  GreenSpur, a design and build firm, found the dilapidated eyesore and decided to overhaul it into a carbon neutral showcase. The aim was to show that an energy-efficient home powered with cutting edge green systems and green power can be a net neutral producer of carbon. 

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According to the Washington Times, the home was renovated to LEED Platinum standards, although no certification has been obtained.  The carbon neutral home was listed for $940,000 and sold a mere four days after being listed. 

GreenSpur added some square feet to the original structure (it's now a total of about 2,200 square feet), while still maintaining the historic exterior look.  The home has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and a full legal unit on the lower level. 

Green features include a geothermal heating and cooling system, dual-flush toilets, low-flow fixtures, recycled Energy Star roof, permeable paving system in the backyard, Energy Star appliances, on-demand tankless water heating, abundant natural lighting inside, and LEDs and CFLs throughout.  

With all of its upgrades and changes, the home located on 19 Fourth Street NE uses 60-80% less energy than a standard home in the same area.  The rest of the power needed will be sourced as "clean" energy from the local utility provider. 

[+] Green focus turns toward renovating by Washington Times.

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Photo credits: GreenSpur.


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  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Condo Auctions

    Wow that place looks great. I wonder how they were able to get that house done with so little space considering the neighbors windows are practically next to this home.

    -Tyler

  • Anonymous

    Love the finishes, and I especially like how they used the area well to bring light down to the basement.

  • Joy

    Mmm — love those windows.

    What does “a full legal unit” mean?

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic work, but what was the reno cost? Otherwise the selling price doesn’t mean much.

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