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Best Green Houses

 

Sun and Shape, Poetry and Patina: The Copper House offers a glimpse of what sustainability could look and feel like.

Della Valle Bernheimer
March 2010

By David Sokol

The Copper House
Photo © Richard Barnes
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The Copper House, a weekend home located in the Hudson Valley that architect Andy Bernheimer, AIA, and his firm Della Valle Bernheimer, designed for Bernheimer’s family illustrates one integral criterion at work…

 

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