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Restored Heritage house featuring 'green' updates now for sale

Knox Heritage garnered some attention last year for its partnership with the City of Knoxville's Solar America program on a historic home restoration project.

Using grants, the organization included a number of energy efficient upgrades in the remodeling of a two-story Victorian house from 1888, including solar power.  Now the house is almost complete and being offered for sale.

Knox Heritage decided to pursue the LEED for Homes certification for the Green House project and used sustainable and energy-efficient building materials and construction techniques, while still attempting to keep the historic feel of the home. Final LEED certification is still pending.

Upgrades included two solar energy devices to generate electricity and hot water with solar-generating film hidden on the building's standing seam metal roof rather than solar panels. Other measures include foam insulation around new energy-efficient windows, R-38 insulation in the attic and cellulose insulation in walls.

The Green House, located at 1011 Victorian Way in Fort Sanders, is listed at $369,900. There will be an open house on Saturday, February 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., open to the general public.

For more information on the house, visit the Knox Heritage website.

Check out last year's article on the green renovation project by Amy McRary at the News Sentinel.

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