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GREEN HOME BUILDING

Environmentally Friendly Green Housing

Compromise and balance are inevitable in your plans for making your home the most green it can be. The process and planning is fun and exciting but consult the experts when you can.

The 2007 Potomac Country House Tour featured a house with many of the newest and best environmentally-friendly and energy efficient techniques for home building. Many of these green features of this home were built or installed by Hopkins & Porter. Guy Semmes, owner of this house, is a principal at Hopkins & Porter.

A skylight and transom energize a previously dark corridor.
A dramatic roof overhang shelters a western exposure.
Solar panels are tilted for optimum sun angle and performance.
A slate wall provides thermal mass and backdrop to a freestanding woodstove.