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Homes that are cooler than yours.

Gazette staff April 13th, 2011

When it comes to tomorrow’s homes today, everything old is new again, at the Eco-Tech Home Tour, open now through Sunday at 17515 Prairie Sky Way in Edmond.

The house blends modern building techniques with materials from the past. Exterior walls are concrete, while inside, 2,500 square feet of wood is reclaimed. Even the bar comes from the original O’Connell’s Bar & Grill in Norman. More than 15,000 pounds of scrap material were repurposed for the home’s construction, including 6,000 pounds of recycled glass for the kitchen countertops.

A 30,000-gallon rain harvest tank supplies water for irrigation, while two geothermal heat pumps provide the heating and cooling to the approximate 6,000-square-foot residence.

On display outside are a natural gas-powered Chevy Tahoe and the Chevy Volt electric hybrid.

Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. today through Friday, then 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Available online or at metro-area Westlake Ace Hardware locations, tickets are $9 for adults; kids 16 and under are free when accompanied.

For more information, visit oklabuilt.com. —Gazette staff

 
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