The Greenest New Family Home in America—in Boulder, Colorado?

Via Liz Benson
on Nov 14, 2008
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If you bike or walk around West Boulder, you may have noticed this new home built in the past year. Named the Next West House, it is a LEED Platinum, Net Zero Carbon residence. Most of the extreme eco homes of late are very modern aka Dwell Mag style, but this home fits in seamlessly with it’s historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood.  Developed by the Zero Carbon Initiative, this home actually creates more power than it uses and was thoughtfully created to include the best eco options available including:

Geothermal heat and cooling – Gray water system –  Solar photovoltaics – Recycled brick – Soy insulation – LED lighting throughout- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) lumber, flooring and cabinetry – even a garage pre-wired for your electric car

Bragging rights to this eco marvel can be yours for a cool 3.4 million. See more photos and video of the home’s construction or contact me for a private showing.

blog by elephant journal’s realtor, Liz Benson.


About Liz Benson

Liz Benson is a Realtor/EcoBroker with Colorado Landmark Realtors based in Boulder, CO. She is also Mom to a lovely teenage daughter and an energetic border collie. When not juggling those duties, she enjoys travel, riding her vintage cruiser and DIY home improvements.


5 Responses to “The Greenest New Family Home in America—in Boulder, Colorado?”

  1. Suzanne Lainson says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this. Just a few minutes ago I was pondering the advantages of living in Boulder to ride out the recession — good public transportation, a bike path, free wifi around town, an intellectually stimulating place to live with lots of free things to do, etc. So having some eco-friendly homes here adds to the charm.

  2. chris begnoche says:

    This is all very amazing and fantastic. But WHO built it? That would be interesting to know. (For me anyway) Having been in the trades for 15 years in Boulder, and working for a few green builders, I’m sure there are people that are going to be interested in not only how can I buy one of these technogemcastles,but how can I build one of my own? And who can I get to do that? That is really the forefront of getting this technology into the mainstream. A $3.5 mil spec house (I’m assuming) is one thing. I’m not trying to get free advertising for a builder. But these are the people that did the homework to made it happen. Credit due where its due.

  3. Liz Benson says:

    You are right Chris. Here are the folks who deserve the credit.
    • Azure Canyon (Landscape Design)
    • Can-America Drilling, Inc. (Geothermal)
    • Hughes Construction Co.(General Contractor)
    • Jim Logan Architects (Architect)
    • PK Geothermal, LLC (Geothermal)
    • Simple Solar (PV System)
    • Stout Mechanical (Geothermal)
    • Water Legacy LLC (Grey-water System)

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