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City of Boise opens 'Atlantic Idea House' to showcase sustainable home practices

You can tour the Atlantic Idea House during the free open houses in May through November. In the coming weeks, there will be two open houses. One will be May 20 at 10 a.m. and the other will be June 21 at 4 p.m. (Photo courtesy City of Boise)

A house in Boise's Vista neighborhood has been transformed into a sustainable and energy-efficient example for homes in the community.

The house is part of Boise's Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative, a community collaboration to make all Boise neighborhoods "unique and desirable by aligning resources to improve livability and make measurable change."

The "Atlantic Idea House" was built from sustainable materials as much as possible in order to be used as an example of a more environmentally friendly home. The house has all new foam insulation, triple pane windows, a ductless heat pump system, LED lights, energy saving blinds, a solar tube, and Energy Star appliances. The city also installed low flow faucets and showers in the home to conserve water and incorporated water saving into the landscaping as well.

“This is an exciting step the city has taken to showcase a range of home improvements residents can make to increase their home’s efficiency, saving money, and benefiting the environment,” said Haley Falconer, environmental manager with the City of Boise. “Our hope is that when someone finishes their tour of Atlantic House, they will leave with some new ideas, resources, and lots of inspiration. Sometimes sustainability sounds intangible, but these are real examples and practices we can all incorporate into our homes.”

You can tour the Atlantic Idea House during the free open houses in May through November. In the coming weeks, there will be two open houses. One will be May 20 at 10 a.m. and the other will be June 21 at 4 p.m.

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