Green Mountain Retreat

A model eco-friendly home in Virginia

By: Mary Clare Glover

Check out these pictures of the second private home in Virginia to receive LEED certification, the national standard for high performance green buildings. The 753-square-foot house was built in the Shenandoah Valley by a Washington couple who wanted a weekend retreat in the mountains.


The home’s energy-efficient features include a green roof, which absorbs 70 percent of storm-water runoff, a geothermal heating system, and several energy-efficient appliances including a drawer refrigerator and convection microwave oven.