Roanoke, VA - A new dentist office in Roanoke's historic district is the first of its kind built using the European "Passivhaus" design.
The low energy building is expected to use 70 % less electricity than a traditional building.
Included in the features are thick, insulated walls, triple pane glass, fresh air constantly flowing through the building and a geothermal cooling system embedded in the floor.
"In a year's time we use 48,000kw of electricity in a year and in a building like this we use 7,800. So 48,00 to 7,800. That's good for our pocket books and it's also good for the environment," said Dr. Randolph Dickey.
"This is a world pro type for a low energy dental clinic and it is super exciting for me that it is able to be Roanoke, Virginia that gets to see this and that we get to actually have a world first here," said designer Adam Cohen.
In 20 years the design will have saved the dentists more than $400,000.