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Raritan Inn sets standard for energy-smart remodeling

The Raritan Inn innkeeper’s cottage is a Civil War vintage house that operates as a residential power plant. Through a cooperative program with the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, Bowie Maryland, and the National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden Colorado, The Raritan Inn has set a standard for energy-smart remodeling.

Remodeler Bill Asdal has a history of dedication to adaptive reuse of buildings, the advancement of new technologies in housing, and leading the industry in demonstration projects that advance knowledge on housing science. Bill was recognized in 2006 as the Green Advocate of the Year by the Green Building Conference.

NAHB researchers helped plot the restoration plan with the objective of minimizing energy consumption while generating power from natural sources. The execution following the plan required diligence, commitment and collaboration to create the nation’s first zero-energy remodel. Press coverage from the trades’ Professional Remodeler magazine Housing Zone to consumer publications such as CNN’s Money site offer the educational outreach envisioned at the outset of the work.


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