Spotlight on Sustainability

Harnessing the Earth’s Energy

Lucky Clays Farm serves as a North Carolina’s largest residential model of sustainability and renewable energy, saving 29,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year. Lucky Clays Farms includes a number of environmentally astute design features.

Lucky Clays Farm has been featured on Central Piedmont Community College’s Spotlight on Sustainability. We invite you to learn more about our commitment to sustainable living and sustainability education.

In November 2010, we completed construction of our residential, renewable energy model including our wind turbine. Join the celebration as we share this historic moment with the community.

Sustainable Construction

  • Top Energy Star rating
  • Nearly 60% of annual electricity created by renewable energy sources
  • Substantial reduction in carbon footprint

Renewable Energy Initiatives

  • 35-kilowatt solar PV array
  • 5-kilowatt wind turbine generator
  • 3 full-day battery storage capacity for critical building system operation
  • Bi-directional electrical metering with Pee Dee Electric to sell back power to the electrical grid during non-peak consumption
  • Generation capacity to power nearly 3.5 average-size homes

LEED Gold Highlights

  • 90% drought-resistant, indigenous plants and turf
  • Excess lumber mulched and reused as soil amendments
  • High-albedo materials for 100% of hardscape areas to reduce heat island effect
  • 100% non-room areas permanently permeable
  • 100% roof area used for rain water harvesting
  • Permeable, fully drainable paver system to collect up to 4” of rain per hour
  • Paver system designed to drain into 8,000-gallon underground irrigation system cistern
  • High-efficiency plumbing for all lavatory faucets, showers and toilets
  • Exceptional energy and atmosphere system performance including:
    • Enhanced insulation and envelope enclosure
    • High-performance windows
    • High-efficiency geo-thermal heat pump
    • High-efficiency has, tankless hot water heating system
    • Advance lighting, compact fluorescent lighting system
    • Energy Star-rated appliances
    • Home automation control with load shedding capability
  • Environmentally preferred products
    • No tropical woods
    • Wood flooring reclaimed from Cape Fear River basin or reclaimed barn timbers
    • Low-emission, reclaimed or locally produced subflooring, roof framing, sheathing, insulation, gypsum board, concrete and landscaping materials