A home in Gambrills built with the environment in mind is now open for tours, with proceeds from ticket sales going to support two area charities.
The Maryland Green Designer Show Home is now fully built, and features more than 60 design elements meant to promote energy efficiency.
For $20, anyone can tour the 7,000-square-foot home, and proceeds will go to support Hospice of the Chesapeake and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. Tours will run Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 17.
Annapolis-based Baldwin Homes built the house as a way of promoting green home building. It hopes to sell the house for about $1.2 million, with sale proceeds also going to support the charities.
"Everyone talks about building green, but very few people understand what it means," Baldwin Homes President Mike Baldwin said. "Our objective was to show people what green building was all about, to educate the general public while benefiting the charities."
Baldwin said he hopes the house will receive a top "Emerald" rating for green construction from the National Association of Homebuilders Green Homebuilding Program. It could also earn a rare LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Purple Cherry Architects designed the bones of the house, but its interior spaces were decorated and furnished by nine design firms chosen from around the metro area.
Unique design aspects include special concrete walls, drywall and shingles made from recycled materials, buried rain cisterns, and duct work installed in ceiling space rather than attics. During a tour, visitors will be able to see each environmentally friendly design element.
The Maryland Green Designer Show Home is located at 1760 Holladay Park Rd., Gambrills. To arrange for a tour, go to www.mdgreenshowhome.com