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Green Homes Grow In Myrtle Beach

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Energy efficiency priority for builders, buyers

October 5, 2008

By Jessica Foster – The Sun News

Rob Edwards’ two-story house doesn’t look all that different from those that flank it in Plantation Lakes, but there’s not another home like it in the state.

It’s the first house in South Carolina to meet the strict green building requirements to get platinum-level LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, adding to a roster of only about 144 such houses in the nation.

Edwards, who is also the chairman of the Green Building Council’s local branch, built the house to be an eco-friendly option for home buyers and to serve as a learning tool to show other local builders how it can be done.

“The intent was to increase awareness … and break down resistance and misnomers about what green construction is,” Edwards said.

The house is the latest sign that the Grand Strand is embracing the green building trend. Local builders are ramping up eco-friendly options in hopes of attracting buyers who want more energy-efficient homes, and several green projects are under way.

Edwards’ company Maritime Green Builders built the home to be air-tight and used features such as solar panels, low-flow fixtures and an advanced water piping system.

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