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Green home to make debut

POSTED: August 11, 2011 8:44 p.m.
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A green, modular home will be displayed today and Saturday at Green Bridge Farm off Zitterour Road. An open house will be held today and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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A ribbon cutting will be held Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. for an i-house at Green Bridge Farm.

The home, which is green, modular housing, will be one of the first places where people can see, tour and buy Clayton Home’s new i-house. Representatives from Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia Power, Clayton Homes, the Effingham Chamber of Commerce and local

Green Bridge Farm’s i-house is a net zero energy residence, meaning the combination of energy-efficient appliances, geothermal, solar panels and the innovative time-of-use rate from Georgia Power will result in a net zero energy cost over the year. The owner of the i-house will also charge his new Chevy Volt — one of only a few in the entire state— through the home’s solar panels.

The i-house is one of the first major steps in making green housing universally available. Instead of a single green feature, the i-house offers top-to-bottom energy efficiency and sustainability — from a roof that boasts both solar panels and a rainwater collection system for use in irrigation, to bamboo floors, a tankless water heater and low-E energy-efficient windows. 

The home’s design includes furnishings from IKEA, optional flex room and rooftop patio. 

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