Green House Effect

By: Audrey Pernik Email
By: Audrey Pernik Email

September 7, 2007

Over the past year, students at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center have been working hard to put a roof over their heads.

With an eye on the environment and a hammer in their hands about 20 carpentry students from CATEC are now putting the finishing touches on the school's first green house.

The school's carpentry instructor, Jason Ritter, has been guiding the students every step of the way. The 1,300 foot, 3 bedroom and 2 bath modular home complies with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED guidelines (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Now, it's time to show and tell.

The school is holding an open (green) house this Saturday, September 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The public is invited back the following Saturday when the school auctions off the house to the highest bidder.

While the project's price tag was around $40,000 school administrators hope the house will go for about $60,000. All proceeds will circulate back to the school and help fund future housing projects.

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