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percent of the rain water that hits the roof. Reclaimed wood is used instead of new wood from the rain forest. Lighting reduces energy consumption by 70 percent. Nearly 80 percent of the bulbs are compact florescent that use only 11 watts of power and last 10,000 hours. Renewable woods are used, such as bamboo, that grow back every three years compared to every 50 years for other hardwoods.
But he said American demand exists, quoting an American Association of Home Builders survey that reported 46 percent of those questioned said they would buy and pay more for a green home.
consultant. Put simply, this means large homes need more green elements than smaller homes to earn LEED accreditation, a third party certification program for design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
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Acqua Liana (Tahitian and Fijian words for water flower) got extra credit for using fly ash a by product of coal burning power plants that usually ends up in landfills in the concrete slab walls, beams and the foundation. The concrete is also insulated with R20; the home's contractor, Timothy P. Dale of Dale Construction Corp., said this high Louis Vuitton Artsy Mm Price
Delray Beach, Fla., developer Frank McKinney's $29 million spec home, inspired by trips to Bali, Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii, also features thatched roofs, water gardens, floating sun terraces and an arched aquarium wet bar.
Buyers from Europe and Asia are far ahead of Americans on the appreciation of green design, McKinney said. As if to prove his point, a Japanese potential buyer was touring the home with a real estate agent.
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What makes Acqua Liana green? Solar panels cover a regulation size basketball court and can create energy for two average homes. Concrete in every exterior wall, grade beams and slab contains up to 30 percent fly ash, a by product of coal burning power plants that typically ends up in landfills. Water system collects enough rain water to fill the average swimming pool every 14 days. It harvests 63 Wristlet Louis Vuitton
The foyer's glass floor, lined with strips of LED lights that change colors, sits over a pond of bubbling water. Straight ahead are a suspended, double helix glass staircase and a Dale Chihuly inspired glass chandelier that drips water into the pond below. The window behind is obscured with an indoor waterfall, which can be turned on or off. Green Building Council and the Florida Green Building Council, said Marie E. building council's communications coordinator.
Green certification is rare for large homes because they require more raw materials to build and more energy to transport the building materials. These homes also use more energy.
MANALAPAN, Fla. When you the enter the bamboo front door, it's obvious Acqua Liana isn't a typical 15,000 square foot oceanfront mansion.
"Because of its large size, the house was penalized from the get go," according to Gary Shlifer, the home's green building Lv Zipper Wallet
"They are still wrapping up a few items that may affect the point values," she said. "But a certification will happen."
Other green elements include solar panels to generate electricity, a system to reclaim rain for the outdoor ponds, use of natural fabrics, reclaimed wood and sustainable products, such as bamboo, coconut palm wood and cork. The green extras can add up to 7 percent to the cost of a home.
"I'm in the business of creating and selling homes," McKinney said. "I'm not into hugging trees or eating granola. The house needs to sell, and green will sell."
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