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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Furman University's "Center for Sustainability" - a "green" house stylish enough for Southern Living

Growing interest in sustainable housing and energy-conscious construction is reflected on the campus of Furman University, which is in the midst of building Cliffs Cottage, to be featured in Southern Living magazine next year. As reported in the Buildings & Grounds blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The house will be a showcase green design and construction methods, and it will be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Ed Marshall, director of special projects at Furman, says the house will feature geothermal heat pumps, water cisterns, tankless water heating, spray-foam insulation, nontoxic building materials, and an array of solar panels from different manufacturers. The house will be used to test some new building technologies."
The project is a partnership between Furman, located in Greenville, South Carolina, and Duke Energy. According to a press release from Furman, Duke Energy has contributed $1.5 million over five years "to highlight the company’s energy efficiency, Utility of the Future and sustainability initiatives. The immediate area around the Cliffs Cottage will be known as Duke Energy Village." (This entry published by Liz Riley, a member of Womble Carlyle's real estate development and construction practice groups.)


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