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Greenbarns: Sustainable Homes for Your Horse!

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On July 13, 2009 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,Green Building | No Comments

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Everyone knows that horses are big fans of the earth – don’t they deserve sustainable housing too? Luckily, Blackburn Architects [2], an award-winning design firm, has catered their services to our equine friends and recently introduced a line of sustainable horse barns called Blackburn greenbarns™ [3]. Starting with four pre-designed models, these barns maximize light [4] and ventilation through passive principles of design and specify eco-friendly, low-VOC materials and finishes. Also offered are optional systems such as solar panels [5] and rainwater harvesting to take Blackburn greenbarns™ to the next level in sustainability.

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According to the 2008 Agricultural Census, the number of farms in the U.S. are estimated at 2.2 million. While the US Green Building Council [7] currently does not have a LEED [8] classification for agricultural buildings, Blackburn greenbarns™ designer, John Blackburn, believes that barns are untapped resources with an enormous potential to positively impact the environment.

“Assume every farm or ranch has two or three barns or out-structures,” Blackburn explains. “Imagine how much energy you could generate – not just save, but actually produce – if you equipped one-half of those millions of roofs with active solar panels. The energy could be sold back to the gird or stored and used on the properties. This is a revolution waiting to happen.”

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=37259

[2] Blackburn Architects: http://blackburnarch.com/index.html

[3] Blackburn greenbarns™: http://www.blackburngreenbarns.com/Site/Home.html

[4] light: http://www.inhabitat.com/daylighting/

[5] solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[6] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackburn1.jpg

[7] US Green Building Council: http://www.usgbc.org/

[8] LEED: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/01/last-day-to-register-for-leed-ap-exam-in-nyc/

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