Blu Homes Turns Catholic School Green

Blu Homes has been contracted to build two new homes at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. These two-story Blu “Evolution” green prefab homes, will act as faculty housing for teachers at this Catholic boarding school; they are Energy Star-rated and LEED certifiable, and will be located on the Abbey’s School’s 500-acre campus on the shores of Narragansett Bay.

According to Portsmouth Abbey School’s Headmaster Jim DeVecchi, there’s nothing incongruous about a Catholic school choosing to build with the environment in mind. “We’re going to own these homes for a very long time, so quality and energy efficiency really matter to us, and the Benedictine stewardship that guides our School sees beauty and sustainability as deeply interconnected,” he said, in a statement. He goes on to note that these homes are part of the School’s broad commitment to reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.

Blu Evolution

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The Abbey’s School previous green efforts include the construction of Rhode Island’s first industrial-scale wind turbine, two new student residential houses with energy-efficient features, and a solar-powered house. DeVecchi sees the new faculty homes from Blu as the next step in demonstrating the Abbey’s commitment to principled, green living.

These homes are designed to reduce energy bills up to 70% compared to the typical American home and include radiant floor heating, Energy Star appliances, low-flow fixtures, an energy recovery ventilation system, sustainably forested flooring, Greenguard finishes for indoor air quality and a roof with a 50-year life-span.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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