A Green, Dream Home

One Minnesota couple builds an eco-friendly house.

By Violet Law

Soon after he bought a Toyota Prius two years ago, Jeff Gallo began to contemplate taking green living to the next level: his house.

The timing was right. Gallo, a photographer in Minneapolis, was newly married and planning to buy a place. While he was looking, Gallo attended a summit on sustainable housing called by mayors from around the Twin Cities—the first of its kind in the area. After that, he was hooked. Gallo and his wife, Salena, resolved to build their green home on a lot they bought in Minneapolis.

Little did they know that shepherding a LEED-certified home from design to construction would turn out to be a learning process for everyone involved—from the homeowner to the sub-contractor.

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