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Sustainable Organic Luxury Lodging supports ultra green chain of businesses and educates travelers through experience and example.

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Description:

Solar cooling Built according to LEED for Lodging Platinum guidelines. Biodiesel-fueled radiant baseboard heat. Nontoxic materials including American Clay plaster, AFM Safecoat paints, sealers and finishes, OMI organic beds and Coyuchi organic linens, Ultratouch cotton batt insulation FSC certified flooring from Mass Woodlands Cooperative and EcoTimber Pure New Zealand sculptural wool carpet designed by Hansine Pedersen Goran of Current Carpets. Natural Convection Ventilation. Dual Flush low consumption toilets. Recycled Content and Nontoxic Homasote floor underlayment. Certainteed MemBrain Smart Moisture Membrane. Educational Solar Meters In Living Room. Low Consumption LED hallway night, porch lighting and solar path lighting. Recycled kitchen cabinets and countertops.Ultra-efficient and Energy Star appliances Topia Inn is an award-winning ("World's Best New Boutique Hotels", Budget Travel/CNN/Yahoo! Travel) ultra-green inn in the northern Berkshires attracting international attention for its excellence in the art of nontoxic and sustainable building and operations. Tour will include several of the eight individually artist-designed rooms built according to LEED for Lodging Platinum guidelines. See the roof integrated 4 kW solar system feeding back the grid, biodiesel-fueled radiant baseboard heat, nontoxic American Clay earth plaster, Mass Woodlands Cooperative and EcoTimber FSC certified flooring, New Zealand sculptural wool carpets designed by Hansine Pedersen Goran, OMI organic beds and Coyuchi organic linens, AFM Safecoat paints, sealers and finishes, dual-flush toilets, recycled kitchen cabinets, Waterdance pure lucite/no voc spa tubs and more. Discuss nontoxic building, organic living, sustainable purchasing and the art of being authentically green.

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

Alt Fuel Vehicle, Daylighting, Energy Star Appliances, FSC Certified Wood, Local Materials, Non-Toxic Products, Rain Barrels, Rain Garden, Recycled Materials, Super Insulated Walls/ Roof

Open House Info:

From the South: Take Route 8 to Adams. At the Post Office (when Route 8 turns left onto Park Street) continue straight past TD Bank North across the Hoosac River bridge and look for Topia Inn on the left. From the North: Take Route 8 to Adams. At the Visitor's Center sign, take a left turn and an immediate right. You could park at the Visitor's Center and walk down the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail about 3 minutes to Topia Inn or drive past the Water Dept., cross the Rail Trail and take a right and see Topia Inn on the right. From the East: Take 116 East to Adams. Take a right at the Big Y/TD Bank North corner (Center Street), curve around past the Hoosac River bridge, and look for Topia Inn on the left. There is street parking on Spring Street opposite the building, behind the building (drive past the building and turn left just past the Bike Trail), and at the Berkshire Visitor's Center as you continue north (a 3 minute walk back along the Bike Trail). Shoes off at the door. Avoid wearing wearing chemical fragrance if possible.

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