Mansions Go Green

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 12:16pm

Home currently under construction in Miami Beach is first to earn "platinum green" rating.

Imagine having a four-bedroom house with a pool and not paying a dime on your electric bill.

That's about to become a reality at the first "Platinum" green home in Miami Beach.

"Platinum" is the highest energy efficiency rating you can get for a house.

Robert Arkin is the general contractor of the ultra-modern home that he calls "sustainable luxury."

It's a 3,200 square foot house so green, they don't plan to pay an electric bill.

"We're trying to obtain net-zero," Arkin said, "which means at the end of the day we're not going to be paying for electricity."

On the roof, they'll have solar panels and collapsible wind turbines.

The pool in front of the house will contain no chemicals or chlorine.

It will electronically clean itself.

"We'll also have geo-thermal air-conditioning," Arkin explained. "It's where we take water from the ground and we cool the air-conditioning system with it."

Ari Sklar is the architect of the house that has so many bells and whistles, it even comes with an iPad that controls everything.

The City of Miami Beach is excited about this pioneering project.

It fits right in line with their desire to become a greener city.

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora visited the site and said he's hopeful this will encourage more green building in the area.

The home is scheduled to be completed in April 2012.

The house is currently on the market.

The asking price is $2.19 million.

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