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was in "horrendous shape,"according to Paul, was doubly
important: It was also their anniversary.And, perhapsin part
becauseofthe portentous date, the couple decidedto do more
than just renovate the townhouse; they decided to transform it from a multi-apartment
tenement into a family-friendly
haven using only greenbuilding
products and materials.Paul, an
architect with his New York
City-based firm, Gleicher Design
Group, had been interestedin
environmentally friendly design
A D IN IN Gl N Thedi ni ng
fromthe
area,separated
kitchenby a largeisland,
overlooks
thegardenbehind
the house.Chairsare
upholstered
in fabricfrom
AngelaAdams'sfirst lineof
fabrics.
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for some time. But it was a chance meetingwithJim and Nancy Chuda, who had
built a greenhouseto benefit their foundation, the Children's Health Environmental Coalition, that inspired them. The
choicewould also set an example for their
three children, Greg, lJ, Doug, 13, and
Casey,seven."It's the whole idea of 'teach
your children well,"' saysLisa. Decision
made,Paul and Lisa-alongwith contractor
George Constant and Gleicher Design
in-house interior designerDavid Barryspent hours researching.They checked
\feb siteslike the U.S. Green Building
Council's (usgbc.org),attended trade
shows, and even visited factoriesto find
products that met their earth-friendly
HIGHLIFEA conservatory
S unrooms
fromFourS easons
topsthe house.Outsidethe
sunroomisa "greenroof,"Planted
from
overroofingcomponents
GAF and Xero Flora America.
< WARM THOUGHTS
StunningLyptusflooring from
Weyerhaeuserand furnishings
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L a - Z - B o ya r e m a d e u s i n g
s u s t a i n a b l ew o o d s p e c i e s .
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credentials.Their quest paid off. Paul
AIRY AERIEThe master
and Lisa found more green producrs
suite is painted in a no-VOC
p ain t fro m Sh erw in- W illiam s . than they'd ever dreamedexisted.In the
transPoftatlonr, or that rt savesenergy
or water. "Right now, building green
does cost more up front," saysPaul. "But
process,
they
discoveredthat green can there are government programs that offer
Customfurnishingswere
d esign edb y Gleic herDes ign mean many things: that the producr was tax credits, and someof the producrs offer
produced using sustainableor recycled a long-term savings in energy use or
Group and fabricatedby
Furnaturef rom formaldehyde- materials, that it was produced locally
maintenance,so it all evensour in the
free materials.
(reducing air pollution from gas-powered end." Of course,the peaceof mind that
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