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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new home in Wilmington is being called one of the greenest in the entire state.
Mark Johnson Custom Homes began construction nine months ago on a home on Kenilworth Lane in the Landfall Community.
"We were able to cut our energy usage by about 44 percent," said Kevin Johnson with custom homes.
The home recently received the highest rating possible by the United States' Green Building Council, which is the first award of its kind for North Carolina.
Kevin Johnson helped design the modern marvel.
"We are hoping we stepped out there and we can be pioneers and leaders to show others we do care about the environment," said Kevin. "We are doing the right thing."
The four bedroom, four bathroom home was built using organic materials. It features an invisible irrigation system that uses runoff to water sod and plants underground at the root level.
"We have concrete walls with Styrofoam on both sides of the concrete," said Kevin. "That gives us a real high insulation value and that's what gets the energy bill down. That's where we get the big savings."
They say homeowners should save in excess of $2,300 a year on their utility bills.
"Whoever buys the house will have bragging rights at the next neighborhood party when they talk about utility bills," said Kevin.
Designers said the savings on utilities will even out the slightly elevated costs on building materials.
The house is being sold by Intracoastal Realty for $624,000.