As more homeowners begin to make choices about green design, we thought it would be interesting to find homes that represent what's happening in this niche, From recycled building materials, alternative energy sources and biodegradable features, it's more likely that these "unusual" green homes will turn up in your neck of the woods -- sooner than you think!
17 S Lemuria, Taos NM (below)
For sale: $240,000
This home is green in both color and design. An "earthship" home, this Taos home for sale is constructed from natural and recycled materials and relies on its thick walls to keep the home's temperature regulated to 70 degrees year-round. Other green features include a re-filtered water system, solar-run electricity and plans for an interior greenhouse to provide "year-round groceries."
For sale: $699,900
The best way to go green in home-building? Create a new home out of an old structure. This New Hampshire home was built from a 150-year-old barn and still retains the barn posts and stonework of the original structure. Foam insulation and a geothermal system keep heating and cooling costs down while making the home even more environmentally friendly.
Going for the Gold
22 Vanguard Way, Dallas TX (below)
For sale: $1,199,130
Any green rating system is going to focus on the entire building process from start to finish, including during its construction, occupation and how the building will be disposed of after its life is done. This Dallas home for sale has earned a LEED gold certification, the second-level of the national rating program. Besides relaying on geothermal energy to heat and cool the home, the house also captures rainfall on its roof for reuse, has low-E windows, and foam insulation.