Because of the focus on sustainable, green features,
EcoVillage will be like no other neighborhood in Charlottesville.
We’re exploring and considering the following community features:
Layout–capturing wind and sun to cool and heat with a balance of individual privacy and share community experience
Solar panels for community use–Common House roof, pump storm water from underground cisterns to elevated holding tanks, power storage, electric car connections
Storm water quality management–bio swales, stream paths, irrigation, residential use, regeneration of ground water
Walkability/lighting–cars park on the periphery, connections to Rivanna Trail
Community gardens–rainwater collection, hydroponics demonstrations, composting
Landscaping with native species
Reusing existing trees–on-site milling, mulch
Preliminary house designs are underway!
Currently, architects are developing floor plans, roof designs, and exterior aesthetics of the 38 new homes.
The following features are in consideration:
Passive heating and cooling–window glazing, stairway chimney, window orientation
All electric–HVAC, water heater, cook top and oven
Gray water plumbing–future benefit
Utility monitoring–wireless metering on water fixtures, Smart Electric Panel system
Technology–residence app for connection to house, Smart appliances, aggregate data for community and outside users, alerts, security, programming of house features
Education–data feedback, updates
High speed Wifi
Energy storage opportunities–electric car re-direct feature(s), batteries, future opportunity platforms
Competitive with new market-rate housing, our 1000-2400 sq. ft. homes will range from $300K to low $500K.
Once we have the commitment of 20 future residents, they will have the opportunity to work together to design the proposed 4000+ sq. ft. Common House. Residents may consider having shared office space or guest rooms available in Common House. Whether through weekly community meals, serendipitous meet ups, or Skill Shares, neighbors will have ample opportunity to get to know each other.
Some other ideas to consider:
Rooftop landscaping and wind turbine
DC electrical use–recharging phones, lighting, rechargeable devices
Passive heating and cooling
Data management of community energy usage
Exercise machine energy generation
Energy storage solutions
Education–online classes, TED talks, guest and local speakers