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Audubon Society sponsoring Green Home Event

Audubon Society sponsoring Green Home Event

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a "Green Home" tour and wine tasting on Saturday, November 13.
The event will be held from 1-4pm at a brand-new "green" home on Engle Molers Road south of Shepherdstown - reputed to be perhaps the "greenest" home in Jefferson County.
In addition to tours of the home, the event will include a wine tasting featuring wines to complement upcoming holiday meals, courtesy of Grapes and Grains Gourmet of Shepherdstown. Non-alcoholic beverages and delicious light foods will be available as well.
Dress will be casual.
All proceeds will be used to support PVAS's educational programs for local children.
Tickets 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 order tickets, please contact Alice Barkus at 304-876-8520 or e-mail abarkus@frontiernet.net and provide your name, address, and phone number.
The home that is the centerpiece of the event belongs to Tari and Keith Janssen. It is sited on a 32-acre, largely wooded property that is enrolled in a managed forestry program.
Just completed in June, the home uniquely combines cutting-edge green building techniques and technology with traditional, Craftsman-home styling.
It utilizes Structural Insulated Panel construction and is clad with recycled fiber-cement siding. Its green energy features include passive solar siting; solar hot water which provides domestic hot water and radiant floor heat; high efficiency windows; solar panels; a special computer program that continually monitors solar-energy generation; a central, wood-burning masonry stove; and high-efficiency heat pump.
The home's floors are made from cherry, walnut and ash wood harvested from the property. The kitchen includes green cabinetry, counters and tile.
There is a rainwater-catchment system with a 1,500-gallon tank.

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