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A Look at EcoManor, the First LEED-Certified Home in the Southeast

bookcover3We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to share with you a brief excerpt from the book “Green Matters: The Residential Builders, Visionaries, Communities & Lifestyles Shaping Atlanta’s Landscape.” In this particular column, Michael Eastman and Jill Westfall  interviewed Laura Turner Seydel (who is pictured in the top left photo on the book cover), the homeowner of EcoManor:

Laura and Rutherford Seydel live in the first LEED-certified home in the Southeastern United States. But that wasn’t their plan when they bought the lot in 2005. Days after they bought the place, a 150-year-old oak tree came crashing through the 1920’s house occupying the land, essentially splitting it into two. Subsequent insurance hassles left the house a ‘mold factory’ as rains soaked the inside. A tear down became inevitable and then as Turner Seydel says, “the stars lined up.” EcoManor, today, serves as a showcase for green living through a mix of progressive new products and environmentally responsible techniques and is an educational tool for builders, architects, designers, and landscapers. Continue reading