Katie’s Ridge, Winner of NAHB’s 2014 Best in Green Single-Family Custom Award

Quick statsKatie's Ridge
Square footage: 2,594 ft.2
Type: Private Residence
Green certification(s): Green-Built Silver Rating, HERS 5+ Star Rating
Other achievements: NCHBA Star Award – Most Energy Efficient Home in NC 2014

Katie’s Ridge, constructed by Red Tree Builders and located in Asheville, NC is our featured green home this week. A 2014 Best in Green award winner Katie’s Ridge is a timeless home, meant to last for generations while having a minimal impact on the environment. Below are ten ways this mountainside home incorporates green techniques into its award-winning design:

10 Katie’s Ridge green features:

  • Utilization of reclaimed lumber for both design and structure
  • LED lighting
  • Geo-thermal heating and cooling that helped the home achieve its impressive HERS rating
  • Solar passive technology to capture solar heat
  • High performance windows that capture natural light and reduce need for artificial light and energy
  • A smart technology thermostat
  • Spray foam insulation to provide a tight envelope for the home
  • Energy Recovery Ventilations (ERVs) that provide healthy indoor air
  • A design that brings the “outdoors in and indoors out” and creates a unified feel with the outdoor mountainside
  • A design that minimized the clearing of trees on the mountainside near the home


Find out how your green project can win Best in Green in the newly announced NAHB Green Awards here: www.nahb.org/greenawards

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