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Tivoli NY Might Have The Greenest House In The Eastern USA

A few years ago I listed a 50+ acre parcel. Selling this was challenging because most of the road frontage was wetland.  If you could get beyond the wetland  you would discover a beautiful parcel with many possibilities. Along came an organization called Common Fire.  One of the founders, Jeff Golden, made a very detailed offer along with supporting arguments to back up the offer.  This was rather impressive.

Now and then I would run into him at the planning board meeting; it took a while to get all the approvals.  Red Hook is a town which is very serious about its open space so it takes some time to get approvals.

On October 15th the public was invited to tour possibly the greenest house in the east.  The open house was attended by almost 500 people; contractors involved in the construction were on hand to explain how they had acheived their goal.

You might be wondering what makes a house green?  Believe it or not there is a US Green Building Council and there is actually a standardized rating system.  In New York there are about 23 buildings with varying degrees of greeness.

What are some of the items considered by this council? Energy source, building material, usage of water, and location to name a few.

This house is presently operated as a housing co-op 

 

If you are concerned about your environment the Common Fire site provides ideas as to how you can make your surroundings green.  Also if you are planning to be in the area you can request a tour at info@commonfire.org

 

***************UPDATE ******

This is the Greenest house in the Northeast

 

Jennifer Fivelsdal - JFIVE HOMES REALTY LLC - 845-758-6842- jennifer@jfivehomes.com 

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Comment balloon 1 commentJennifer Fivelsdal • November 21 2006 10:13PM
Tivoli NY Might Have The Greenest House In The Eastern USA
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A few years ago I listed a 50+ acre parcel. Selling this was challenging because most of the road frontage was wetland. If you could get beyond the wetland you would discover a beautiful parcel with many possibilities. Along came an organization… more