If you are looking to green up your lodging establishment and are looking for ideas, you may want to visit homes in your area that are known to employ the latest green products and technologies. I had a chance to do that recently when I was invited to visit the home of Organic Spa Magazine founder and publisher Beverly Maloney-Fischback. Beverly and her husband, David Fischback, recently completed the renovation of their eco-luxury home in Northeast Ohio. David is the president of the Cleveland, Ohio-based construction firm, The Krill Co. The home features just about every green-build design element available to homeowners today. Here are just some of the green features of the home: natural wool carpet, on-demand water heating, solar photovoltaic panels on the roof, bamboo flooring and paneling, and bamboo sinks.
Also included: a built-in recycling storage area, FSC lumber, low VOC paints and coatings, fireplace that uses non-toxic bioethanol as a fuel source, solar-powered attic exhaust fan, and solar power shades. The home also has a multi-zone heating and cooling system with integrated smart thermostats that sense when the home is unoccupied, white EPDM roofing on the flat roof area, energy-efficient windows, Energy Star appliances, radiant heat sauna, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, whole house water purification system, and high-efficiency insulation.
Two of the most interesting features are a grey water plumbing system for the second floor bathrooms and a rainwater harvesting system. Water is captured from hand sinks and showers and then filtered and reused in the irrigation system and in the first floor toilet. The rainwater harvesting system collects rainwater from the roof gutters and downspouts and then stores it for later use for irrigation. I thought the home was just incredible and I know the owners invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in it. To access a blog detailing the home’s progress, click here. To access photos of the home, click here.
Especially for anyone considering developing a green B&B or inn, the eco-luxury home provides some great examples of what is possible. Oh, if I could only afford such luxury.
If you would like to contact Beverly Maloney-Fischback directly, her e-mail address is email@example.com.