Stonehurst Place is Green and Eco-Friendly

Be inspired at Stonehurst Place, winner of the prestigious EarthCraft Home and Southface 2008 Renovation Project of the Year for our eco-friendly transformation.

This 1896 National Register historic mansion has kept its period feel after the installation of modern rainwater harvesting and potable water systems, unobtrusive mounting of ten solar thermal panels that heat hot water used throughout our bed and breakfast inn, and a greywater recycling system to conserve water by safely re-using treated greywater for toilet flushing.

Not-for-profit group Southface's EarthCraft House™ renovation program and industry-leading guidelines published by the Green Hotel Association were followed in this green renovation by owner and designer, Barb Shadomy.

In 2007, Barb began to bring together all elements of this high-tech and energy-conscious project: historically sensitive renovation design incorporating whole-house icynene insulation to reduce energy use, efficient HVAC systems and low-VOC materials to improve air quality, and rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling to lower water usage.

Rainwater is collected from the roof in protected gutters then channeled through underground pipes around the house to underground (3,500 gallons) Water Storage Tanks. Self-contained motors in the storage tanks pump rainwater out to irrigate our beautiful gardens, a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat, and to our potable water system that cleans and purifies the rainwater to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Primary Drinking Water Standards. See our latest test results here. This is important in Atlanta, one of few major US cities that developed in the 1800s around railroad lines instead of a large, natural source of water. Droughts are prevalent in Atlanta and there is growing concern we are again entering a drought. At Stonehurst Place you can rest easy, knowing that our purified rainwater used throughout the house as crystal clear and clean drinking water, in laundry, sinks, dishwashers, and for bathing and showering, reduces our dependency on municipal water!

Our purified water also supplies the Solar-Heated Water Tanks, three insulated tanks located in the basement. Glycol heated in Ten Solar Panels is piped to the basement where it heats the water used in the house. When there are no sunny days, our water is heated using two gas water heaters.

Separate plumbing lines channel water from sinks, bathtubs and showers into the Brac Greywater Recycling System. The Brac Greywater Recycling System takes in greywater, filters and treats it, then sends it up to the toilet tank reserves for flushing (what a waste to flush clean drinking water down the toilet!) and to the gardens for subterranean irrigation. Waste blackwater is piped from the house to the city sewage system.

See some of the Media Coverage Stonehurst Place has received for its Green efforts.

Click above to see how it all works.