Green roof key part of Memphis TERRA house

The residential market is not usually a prt of Varco Pruden’s emphasis, but when the doors recently swung open to the Mid-South’s first residential "green house," visitors inside the home were sheltered by an energy-efficient roof provided by Memphis-based Varco Pruden Buildings, a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc.

The house, which had its grand opening February 27, is applying for platinum level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. If the certification is granted, it would be the first such residence in the state of Tennessee.

Varco Pruden’s roof is one of many elements that contribute to making the house extraordinary. TERRA House, which stands for Technologically and Environmentally Responsive Residential Architecture, is a project designed and implemented by the students and professors of the University of Memphis’ Center for Sustainable Design. It is designed to serve as a prototype for future residential green building endeavors.

Chuck Haslebacher, president of VP, said company officials "welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate to a wide and diverse audience how a metal roof can have a positive impact on our environment."

"The enthusiastic media coverage and general interest TERRA House has received certainly is an accurate reflection of the growing concern about environmental issues," said Jim Peckham, VP’s marketing manager. "Varco Pruden is delighted to have played a role in this project and to help people in the Mid-South area understand and appreciate the value of a LEED-certified structure.

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