Well, it wasn't cheap ... but, one year and $500,000 dollars later, Amy Levin has turned a three-story 19th century home in Washington's Mt. Pleasant neighborhood into a green pad.
It sounds like it was a labor of love.
At NPR.org you can get all the info. and quite a few pictures detailing the green remodel.
Amy was careful to choose materials that were both non-toxic as well as recycled/recyclable.
One of the more interesting quotes from the article: "When you make a home a lot more energy efficient, it means you're keeping a lot of the same air inside the house," says Peter Yost of Brattleboro, Vt.-based Building Green. "So it's even more important that you not dump a bunch of chemicals into it. No-VOC or low-VOC means that as the material dries or cures, it's giving off a lot less complicated organic molecules into the air."
It's interesting -- If you think about it, highly insulated/energy efficient homes seem to necessitate non-toxic materials and finishes even more so than less efficient homes.
image via NPR.org