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Audubon Society Planning "Green" Home Fundraiser

Audubon Society Planning "Green" Home Fundraiser

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold its second annual "Green Home" fundraising event on October 24.
The event will be held from 1-4pm at an award-winning "green" home completed last year in the 300-acre Broomgrass organic farm community overlooking Back Creek Valley in Gerrardstown in Berkeley County.
It will include a reception, tours of the home and opportunities to view other facets of the Broomgrass community, such as the grounds and a nearby pool and pool house. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Dress will be casual.
All proceeds will be used to support the Society's educational programs for local children.
The home which is the centerpiece of the event was designed by Martinsburg architects Matthew Grove and Lisa Dall'Olio as their own residence.
It was one of only two structures in West Virginia to receive an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the WV Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2009 (the other winner was the new Institute for Scientific Research building in Fairmont, a massive, $83-million project).
The home incorporates many cutting-edge green features.
Tickets to the event are required, and space will be limited.
Basic tickets are $45 per person. Those who pay $150 for two people will be recognized as Donors, those who pay $200 for two will be recognized as Patrons, and those who pay $250 or more for two will be recognized as Supporters.
All ticket costs will be fully tax-deductible.
To reserve tickets, please call 304-676-3397 or e-mail before October 15 and provide your name, address, and phone number.
The announcement of the Grove-Dall'Olio home's 2009 AIA award says the judges "felt the project has an almost improvised, collage-like quality in that the more one views the house, the more intriguing it becomes. The design fully integrates all aspects of site, materials, and design concept."
The owner's goals were to design a site-specific residence that responds to earth, water, sun, wind, views, and the woodlands.
The design is centered on an open living-dining-kitchen area where most of the family's time is spent. This area includes a solar crescent paved with loose river stones for seasonal plants and vegetables, a masonry heater with bread oven, and an open kitchen plan with precast concrete countertops.
The home was made energy-efficient, through the use of geothermal heating and cooling, passive solar, and the capacity for active solar. A constructed wetland and bio-kinetic filtration system treats wastewater. Renewable domestic woods-such as red oak, yellow pine, Douglas fir, maple, cypress, and red cedar-were used for the flooring, beams, cabinets, and exterior siding. Insulated concrete forms were selected for their ability to curve and achieve a high thermal value.
Other green building features include roof water collection, daylighting, LED lighting, soy- and cotton-based insulation products, and a living roof.
PVAS is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign.

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