ASPEN REAL ESTATE – The Aspen Vision house, priced at $13.9 million, is a demonstration home with solar power, geothermally heated water and organic building materials. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Coulie ) A newly built "green" Aspen house may soon test homebuyers’ demand for pricey, environmentally friendly homes.The house — part of an ongoing project sponsored by Ohio- based magazine Green Builder that has built a dozen similar houses around the country — is designed to use less energy than traditionally built homes through eco-friendly design and construction, say its designers. "This house is targeted at the higher-end market," said Ron Jones, president of Green Builder Media, which publishes Green Builder. "The Aspen project is about as high-end a price point as we go."The house — called the Aspen Vision house by its backers — is listed at $13.9 million. Among other features, the house uses lighter framing and organic material in its construction, geothermal heating to supply hot water, and sunlight to provide heat and electricity.
By Andrew Simons, June 6, 2010 Denver Post

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06/06/10 Denver Post: The Aspen Vision house, priced at $13.9 million, is a demonstration home with solar
power, geothermally heated water and organic building materials. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Coulie )