|PATH Grant Award to Takoma Village Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: ann zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)|
|Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 02:19:29 -0500|
Hello all! You may have heard some rumors about Takoma Village Cohousing being chosen as a "demonstration project" for HUD's PATH program. This award means we can pay for expert help in choosing appropriate green technologies for our community. We're all VERY excited about this. A short press release from Steven Winter Associates, the consulting firm contracted by HUD to provide these services follows below. --Begin-- Takoma Village Cohousing is now a PATH Demonstration Project! Work Begins on Washington, DC?s 1st Cohousing Community When completed in the Spring of 2000, Takoma Village will be more than just the National Capitol Region?s first urban cohousing project; it will also represent the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing?s *first* foray into sustainable urban development. At a time of increasing concern over suburban sprawl and an overburdened highway system, the Takoma Village project, located in Washington, DC?s upper Northwest sector, represents a renewed commitment to affordable, energy efficient, environmentally conscious urban development. Groundbreaking for Takoma Village?s 22 townhouse-style buildings, which will be divided into 43 one-, two-, three and four-bedroom units, is set to take place in late summer with an anticipated groundbreaking at the end of August. Design development and material selection efforts are currently underway, with a strong focus on incorporating an optimum mix of PATH?s energy efficient, green building materials and systems. Preliminary investigations have identified geothermal heating and cooling (a system that relies on the relatively constant temperature of the earth below the frostline), low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and finishes, and optimum value engineering (OVE), which seeks to reduce materials usage without compromising strength and durability. Other technologies being considered for inclusion are building-integrated photovoltaics, solar domestic hot water systems, permeable pavement, and renewable framing materials (engineered wood, steel, or combinations thereof). Nearly all of the cohousing community's 43 memberships have been purchased by individuals and families who appreciate the many advantages of an energy efficient, sustainable urban development. The group has been meeting weekly, as does the design team, ensuring that a wide range of ideas is surfaced, discussed, addressed, and brought to the developer/architect, AHD, Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland. As Takoma Village will soon prove, you don?t have to live out in the country to enjoy the benefits of green building design and construction. To find out more about the Takoma Village Cohousing Project, visit our website at: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~takomavillag To learn more about PATH: http://www.pathnet.org/ --END-- -- -- _______________________ Best -- Ann Zabaldo Zabaldo [at] earthlink.net "If you want to have good ideas, first have lots of ideas, then some of them will be good." Linus Pauling Takoma Village Cohousing is the Washington D.C. area's first URBAN cohousing community. We're w/in two households of being fully subscribed! We expect to have a healthy waiting list by groundbreaking in mid- Sept. Email me for more details. Or visit our website at: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~takomavillag
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