Southern Living Magazine's first sustainable showcase home is LEED–certified and is a model of environmentally responsible design, building techniques, materials and energy-saving systems. Features include a geothermal ground source heat pump, photovoltaic and solar thermal systems (30kW; 8 panels), rainwater collection for irrigation, a vegetable garden, Energy Star-rated appliances, low-VOC paints, and sustainable flooring. After one year of public showcase, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability moved into Cliffs Cottage in January 2010.

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