|Synergy & Sustainability||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: THESHLIFE (THESHLIFEaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 6 Jun 1996 20:45:34 -0500|
<<<<< Synergy and Sustainability >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We here in the Synergy group consider our community a sustainable cohousing community. We are and will consider as many sustainable options as possible when designing and constructing our community. We are bound by financial considerations, as are so many of the things in cohousing. But we will be making every effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to set an example for communities, both cohousing and other wise. Our direction has been this so far . . . . . *Use of land - We will be building attached units. *Building Material - We will be constructing our homes and our POOL with the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). R-27 The company known as Golden Planet of Florida is being considered. ~ They've just open up a factory in Ft. Lauderdale, 30 minutes from our site. ~ * Hot Water - Infrastructure will be laid to employ solar hot water systems in all the households. It is our hope that the hardware will NOT be an option, meaning that every household will come with solar hot water hardware. * PV - Infrastructure will be laid to allow easy installation of PV panels and other hardware. ( One household presently owns the PV ( Photovoltaic ) hardware that will take them off the grid when their home is finished. ) It is our hope that a majority of households will employ some use of PV because of our pre-laid infrastructure. We will also look to purchase a quantity of PV hardware for cost effectiveness and convenience. This will necessitate some type of sponsorship from a PV hardware manufacturer. * Orientation - Our homes will be oriented to the sun, for energy efficiency and light. As the sun is a consideration, so is the wind. The prevailing wind the area comes from the Southeast. ( Although we've not yet begun our house design charette, we will be heavily considering transoms with our doors and windows. ) We have an objective of using as little air-conditioning as possible. Surviving in Florida with some shade and a breeze. * Water - In South Florida water management is a serious issue. Over population and poor management have put the region in crisis. Much of the Everglades and the Florida Bay have been tainted by saltwater intrusion, by pesticides from sugar producers, and invasive plants that some numbnuts brought here over the past 40 years. Water is Florida's most valuable natural resource and we intend to demonstrate to communities that they must be part of the effort to make it better, not worse. Our plans include - Cisterns, low-flow water appliances. * Gas - We're intending to have our ovens, stoves and air-conditioning run on natural gas. More sustainable than electricity. ( Some of our limited heating needs may also utilize natural gas. ) * Lighting - We will be designing both indoor and outdoor energy efficient lighting fixtures and systems. When the appropriate time comes, we will be researching and implementing the appropriate products and power supply. e.g. Compact Florescents, Sun Pipe/Tube (Type) Products, self-contained solar powered exterior lighting systems, automated regulation systems and others. The objective: Use the least amount of energy to cover our lighting needs. Our lighting philosophy also puts emphasis on (eye) comfort, aesthetics and controllability. * Community/Household Automation - We will be researching the use of systems that will automate our lighting, Security, AC and air cleaning systems. * Recycle/Reuse - We'll have an internal convenient recycling program. We will attempt to utilize as much recycled materials in construction. e.g. Plastic Lumber. We'll reuse as much materials as we can. We'll recycle all the building materials we can. * We will be setting up BBS that will let members know if one member will be making a run to cleaners, post office, grocery shopping to save on the amount of trips to outside amenities. * We'll have one lawn mover instead of 30. * The list will go on as we grow. . . . . . . . . If you have any questions please give me an e or a call. (954-921-0434) There's always something else we can do, so if you have any ideas please forward over. Thanks.
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