Elegant, totally sustainable home with passive solar heating, photovoltaic power, geothermal cooling, rainwater re-use, zero-outgassing materials, net zero utility design. 3 BR, 2 B, office, eat-in kitchen, central "garden atrium," oversized garage,
Listing ID: 17914
|Annual Property Tax||$5,000|
|Annual Utility Cost||$0|
|Home Area||2,352 sq ft|
|Total Property Area||0 sq ft|
If you’re looking to locate in Virginia’s tidewater area, here are two new homes that are elegant, extremely well built, and truly green. Direct gain passive solar provides full winter heating. Closed-loop geothermal provides cooling and (just in case) back-up heating. Photovoltaic panels provide full electrical power. Solar panels provide all the hot water you’ll need. Cisterns provide over 90% of your water needs. And batteries ensure you’ll have power – even when the grid is down.
Garden Atriums are also healthier. Zero-VOC paints eliminate outgassing. Dye-free wool carpets – as dyes are set with formaldehyde – also eliminate outgassing. Broad-leafed plants in the central garden atrium soak up carbon dioxide and emit oxygen; toxicologist’s air tests show these homes equal to outside air (but cleaner.)
First-rate materials – such as metal roofs with a 50-year warrantee, or porcelain ceramic tiles – slash maintenance efforts and costs, and provide greater longevity. Garages are oversized, providing for 2-foot deep shelving all the way around.
The two new homes are (1) 3BR, 2B, office; 2352 sf, $595,000; and (2) 4BR, 3B, office, screened patio, pond view; 2646sf, $647,500. With all these features, first cost is slightly higher than traditional homes of same footage. But – total monthly costs – which include utilities – actually make these homes a lot less expensive.
Health: Zero-VOC paints, dye-free wool carpeting, broad leafed plants that soak up CO2 & emit lots of O2. Flood of sunlight eliminates S.A.D.
Green: Net Zero design that generates as much power, heat, water, hot water as you use. Many materials are either sustainably harvested (e.g. red oak trim, porcelain tiles) or recycled (e.g. stone veneer.) Homes are clustered for more sustainable land use; owners own own home and lot plus seventh of park/ponds/dock, etc. Walking & driving surfaces are non-toxic and pervious, so rainwater soaks into ground, protects Chesapeake Bay.
Poquoson is old waterman's community at bottom of Chesapeake Bay. Garden Atrium development is cluster of 7 elegant and totally sustainable homes. Part of Virginia Tidewater aesthetic.
"Hampton Roads" - southeast Virginia - includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Poquoson and other small communities. Population about 2 million surrounded by York River, James Rivers, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
Garden Atriums of Poquoson
Single Family - Single Level
|Agriculture in Area||Yes|
|Industry in Area||Yes|
|Air Pollution in Area||No|
|Cleaned with Green Products||Yes|
Solar - Passive
|Whole House Filtration||
|Whole House Vacuum||No|
Solar - Photovoltaic
Rain Water Collection
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Metal Dual Glazed
|Garage / Carport||Yes|
|Number of Cars||2|
|Garage Area||624 sqft|