The Cliffs Cottage at Furman is Southern Living magazine’s first “green” showcase home. It was built on campus in 2008 to serve as a model of environmentally responsible design, sustainable building techniques and materials, and energy-saving systems. In addition to Furman and Southern Living, the principal partners in the project are The Cliffs Communities, Duke Energy and Bank of America.
Some of the home’s features:
A passive solar design, which integrates an assortment of building features to
reduce the need for cooling and heating and daytime artificial lighting.
The Cliffs Cottage utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system.
There are two solar technologies - solar thermal for heating water and solar
electric (photovoltaic) technology for generating electrical power. Heat from
the sun is captured through two roof-mounted flat plate collectors, which then
is transferred to an 80-gallon storage tank. The solar thermal technology can
provide up to 80 percent of domestic hot water needs.
The bathrooms contain low-flow showerheads and faucets.
- The formal and organic gardens that surround the Cliffs Cottage feature native plants that can tolerate the region’s climate and soil conditions, as well as typical ornamental plantings that are drought tolerant and easy to maintain. Most of the water needs for the gardens are supplied by one 12,000-gallon cistern system that collects rainwater from the roof.
For more information, visit the Cliffs Cottage Web site at www.furmancliffscottage.com, or call 864-294-2396.