Cooper Vineyards to build state’s first green tasting room

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  Cooper Vineyards is building a green tasting room. According to the Louisa County winery, it will be the first in Virginia with a gold LEED certification. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design is one of the most recognized rating systems for sustainable building, and gold represents one of its highest ratings. 

Cooper plans to break ground on the $1.7 million project on April 20.  It’s teaming up with Baskervill, architect and designer; Cityspace Construction, a general contractor; and Urban Grid Solar. The tasting room will be built of natural stone and native cypress siding.  Solar power panels, rainwater harvesting and a geothermal heating and cooling system are among some of the sustainable building elements. The winery plans to open the tasting room in late 2010. 


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