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2010 Livable Communities Awards

The dual-zone heating/cooling system includes energy-efficient air conditioning and air filtration systems, programmable thermostats and a furnace with a variable-speed blower. A manifold water supply system (left) limits the amount of water in the supply lines. The tank-less water heater (right) heats only the amount of water required when someone turns on a faucet. Low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets reduce water usage. The builder encourages owners to choose Energy Star appliances. — Text by Michael Chotiner; Photographs by Chris Usher

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2010 Livable Communities Awards
BURNS HARBOR, IND.

Category Winner for Builder Home — up to 2,500 square feet

This single-family house, designed and built in 2010 by Treasure Homes Inc., combines universal design features with green building practices. It is certified at the Emerald level of the National Green Building Standard. The combination of accessibility, low maintenance and energy-saving features makes the design truly livable.

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