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December 21, 2012

Green Homes Here to Stay as Demand for Energy Efficiency Grows

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Hobbit Home

75 Old Stage Rd, Granville VT (below)

For sale: $260,000

Do Hobbits live green? This listing assumes they do. Two "hand-sculpted" yurts make up the home for sale in Granville, VT. With thick clay walls and a round design, the home gets much of its heat from passive solar gain, also relying on solar panels and a back-up generator for additional needs. The 25-acre property also relies on natural springs for water.

Rad Rammed Earth

11645 Alder Hill Rd, Truckee CA (below)

For sale: $2,750,000

Although building a home out of rammed earth is a recognized green practice, it's by no means new. Homes with thick, earthen walls have dated back thousands of years and are long recognized as a sustainable and energy-efficient way to construct a home. Despite the more ancient technique of construction, this Truckee home for sale is by no means outdated. The house features a gourmet kitchen, geo-thermal fired heating system, as well as a planted roof and lawn with a robot mower.

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