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(source: DenverPost.com)
 
“Ask developer Terry Britton where he got the idea for his “green” housing development — which opened last month in Boulder — and he’ll wax about sailing in the Caribbean.
 
“I was sailing with my kids in the Caribbean, and you have to figure out a way to keep the ice cream cold,” Britton said. “You’re definitely off the power grid when you’re on the boat.”
 
So Britton installed solar panels on his boat to provide power. The experience got him thinking about energy use in houses and how a move to green developments would likely be on the way.
 
Last month, Britton and his partners cut the ribbon on the first single-family home at Spring Leaf, a so-called net-zero energy-use development in north Boulder that is planned to ultimately contain six single-family homes and six townhouses.”