High-school science teacher builds energy-surplus house
Dave Boyer built himself a teaching tool.
With the help of a “green” architect and a “green” builder, Boyer, who teaches science at Kernersville Middle School, is putting the finishing touches on a ridge-top home in Stokes County that not only won’t require power from commercial sources, but will generate enough extra electricity to sell to Duke Energy.
“On a personal level, I am passionate about the environment and concerned about the planet,” he said. “I wanted to back that up.”
The solar panels, geothermal heating-and-cooling system and other features make the house so green that the National Association of Home Building has given the house its highest rating — Emerald. The association says it is the first house in North Carolina — and one of only 22 in the country — to receive that rating.