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I-Renew Pioneer, Don Laughlin, Home For Sale


The estate of the late Don Laughlin of Iowa City has put his custom built super-insulated, solar powered home up for sale. The home, a successful experiment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, is located at 827 Church Street in Iowa City (SW corner of Church and Governor). 

The 4-bedroom, 2-bath home offers nearly 2,400 sq. ft. of finished living space. With 2 bedrooms and a bath on each floor, the home could easily be divided into two separate living spaces. The walk-out lower level has its own entrance. The lower level has also been designed to allow for the installation of another kitchen and laundry room. (An estimate for such a remodel is available.)

The home has recently been updated throughout. New flooring was installed, the interior is freshly painted, and numerous light and plumbing fixtures were added or replaced. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, and the washer & dryer are negotiable. There is an attached 2-car garage. The home sits on a prime corner lot.
A 3.45 kw Photovoltaic system powers most of the home’s annual electric needs. A thermal solar hydronic system provides heat for the home and domestic hot water. Summer cooling is provided by strategically placed windows and thermal mass, with a ductless A/C system as backup. Back-up hot water for heating and domestic use is provided by two standard water heaters.

The home has been listed for sale with Mark Signs, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Professionals in Iowa City. The asking price is $330,000. Mark can be reached at 319-325-7750 or mark@bigguyhomes.com.