Green Luxury Digs On The Slopes

Verdigris Group, a carbon-neutral real estate development company focused on green building, has announced that it has begun building a new development on the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Phase I of the Tenderfoot House, as it’s known, will target LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

These two luxury, ski-in/ski-out, 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, single-family residences will use 43 percent less energy than conventionally built homes, and will feature views of the ski resort. Each three-level home of the Tenderfoot House will be clad in locally reclaimed pine and locally sourced stone, and come with a high-efficiency HVAC system with heat recovery ventilators and tankless, on-demand hot water systems.

green accommodations, Breckenridge

image via Breckenridge Ski Resort

Other key green features include low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient lighting (with occupancy sensors throughout), Forestry Stewardship Council certified wood-framing, carbonized bamboo flooring, and high-efficiency low-e windows. As you might expect, these homes also utilize a tight building envelope to minimize heat loss, and no-VOC paints and sealants to help ensure high indoor air quality for inhabitants.

And if all of this sounds like the same old laundry list of green features you’d associate with any LEED project, it’s worth remembering that this one will have to overcome some unique challenges in taking Gold level certification. “Remember, we’re at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level, which puts us in the same climate zone as Alaska,” Garratt Hasenstab, director of development for Verdigris Group, said in a statement. “Achieving the efficiency that we’re poised to realize at this altitude will be a remarkable achievement.”

The residences at Tenderfoot House will be completed by February 2012, the company said.

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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