Eco Village is quickly becoming a national showcase for affordable sustainable building. The development is one of the first Habitat for Humanity communities to incorporate on-site renewable energy options commonly associated with more expensive communities. This includes features like photo-voltaic arrays, super-insulated walls, and existing energy efficient window technology using Andersen® 400 Series products.
Eco Village homes – single family and duplex units – are designed with sustainable building principles, including:
- Using less water through rain/storm water harvest applications (barrels/cisterns), landscaping and gardening.
- Achieving carbon negative, net-zero energy use, by mounting photo-voltaic panels and solar hot-water arrays on roofs, and using existing energy efficient high-performance window technology.
The project broke ground in 2012, and Andersen has been proud to support Eco Village by funding windows as well as employee volunteer support. Andersen volunteers have logged thousands of hours at Eco Village over the past three years.
In addition to reducing environmental impacts, this project promotes the social aspects of sustainable living. Drastically reduced utility bills resulting from energy efficient building envelopes provides additional discretionary funds available for groceries, education and other necessities. Walking trails and edible landscape promote the human and social aspects of a vibrant community.
While Net Zero homes have often been considered an option for those who have the financial means to absorb the up-front costs, Eco Village is fast proving that this is an affordable option that helps keep homeownership affordable year over year.