Arlington, VA

Given the potential for stringent new energy efficiency requirements for new and renovated homes in Arlington, you may be wondering what such a “green” house would look like.

The answer: something like this.

Local builder Arlington Designer Homes is showing off this custom-built house on North Underwood Street today, after it received Arlington’s first Gold-level Green Building Certification from the National Association of Home Builders.

According to the builder, this is only the sixth house in Virginia to receive Gold-level certification.

It’s 45 percent more energy efficient than a standard new home, thanks to a solar water heater, Energy Star appliances, and spray-in foam installation. It was built using environmentally-friendly construction techniques and is sealed from outside pollutants and allergens.

Family-owned Arlington Designer Homes says they’re now busy building two new green homes in Falls Church.

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