'Net zero' house open for inspection

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A "net zero" house in East Liberty -- one that generates as much energy as its occupants use -- will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next weekend and July 23-24.

The city's first net-zero house was built last year by Sota Construction Services in the Riverside Mews development in the South Side Flats. The 100-year-old house at 710 N. St. Clair St. is the city's first net-zero renovation, gutted and retrofitted with solar panels, radiant heat, heat recovery ventilation and other high-tech gear by West Penn Energy Solutions with East Liberty Development.

Contractors, donors and others will be on hand to answer questions about the house, which is priced at $299,500. Information: www.westpennenergysolutions.com

'Hard to recycle' collection

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, area residents can dispose of televisions, computers, batteries and other hard-to-recycle item at Pittsburgh Brashear High School in Beechview.

Most items are collected for free -- including televisions and computers. Fees are charged for tires, batteries, fluorescent tubes, CFLs and misc. e-waste/small appliances. The collection is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council. For fees and other information, go to the PRC's Zero Waste Pittsburgh website at www.zerowastepgh.org.


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