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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Charityworks' Green Designer Show House

Finally, a Green show house that benefits everyone. I read this story in Washington Spaces. I do not think I could tell it better than the original author.

Trish Donnally, a wonderful writer for the Washington Spaces magazine wrote.....

CharityWorks GreenHouse, one of the first green designer show houses in the nation, is being built in McLean, VA, which is turning designers into trailblazers for this emerging genre. GreenSpur Inc. and West Group are the pioneering forces behind this carbon-neutral show house, which is designed to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it emits. Washington Spaces magazine is proud to be the media sponsor of this exciting project, which is expected to exceed the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for houses.

Energy-efficient building design, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar hot water system, radiant floors, a green roof, and sustainable landscaping, plus an inside-the-Beltway location close to public transportation, will all help reduce carbon emissions, the leading source of greenhouse gases. The CharityWorks GreenHouse (CWGH) is expected to use 80 percent less energy per square foot than a comparable new house.

“We will never build the same way again. This changes entirely our view of construction and design. Everything from the way this house is built and insulated to the renewable energy systems tells me those principles should be incorporated into everything we build,” says Mark Lowham, senior vice president of West Group, the largest landowner in Tysons Corner.

Under the leadership of renowned Designer Barry Dixon, chairman of the design committee, and vice chairmen Victoria Neale and Skip Sroka, 18 design firms from the region are transforming the 4,000-square-foot craftsman-style house, designed by Cunningham Quill Architects PLLC and built by Mark Turner of GreenSpur. The interior designers are integrating ecofriendly fabrics, furnishings, paints, and wall coverings throughout this show house.

Deanna Belli and Victoria Sabo are co-directors of the CWGH, which will be open October 10-30. Proceeds will benefit Friendship Public Charter School in Washington and the McLean Project for the Arts.

The list of designers is very impressive.....

Barry Dixon, Victoria Neale, Gary Lovejoy, Skip Sroka, Ernesto Santalla, Annette Hannon, Michael Roberson, Charlotte Lekakos, Sandra Meyers, Nancy Colbert, Lisa Weiss, Susan Gulick, Lynni Megginson, Cynthia Sayers, Miriam Dillon and Rebecca Foley, Raji Radhakrishnan, Dee Thornton, and Barbara Hawthorn.

Here is the link to view the show house exterior and each designers' rendering of their space.

Photos of Kitchens, Baths, Lighting, Homes from: A Carbon-Neutral House That's Green and Glorious - Washington Spaces

Remember the show house is open October 10th through the 30th. For tickets go to charityworksgreenhouse.com or call 703.286.0801 (tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Visitors must be 8 or older. Free parking and shuttle area at 1320 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA).

If you cannot attend, no worries. I will cover the show house and post about it in October.

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