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|From: dahako (dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 04:15:20 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi- At both Eno Commons and Eastern Village, we employed professionals who gave us that information based on our site, climate, house design, etc.? (Plus, I think your HVAC choices may have payback over time based on lower power bills, but the concept does not apply the same way to counter tops.) In both cohousings mentioned, we used geothermal heating/cooling.? Eno Commons is a mix of single stand-alone homes and paired townhomes.? Each unit has its own well and its own indoor WaterFurnace heat pump.? The homes are well insulated, have windows and window films designed to take advantage of their location on a long southern slope, high thermal mass in the floors and siding, metal roofs with ventilation that draws from the under-eave soffits out through a ridge vent, and good thermal isolation between the roof and indoor ceilings.? Robert Heinich can probably remember the consultant's name.? He was very helpful, and he has also done work elsewhere in North Carolina figuring out how to "green" affordable housing for not too much money.? We paid some attention to indoor air quality (mostly be picking low off-gassing finishes), but we stuck to mainstream market stuff for the most part because we wanted to control costs (though green costs are coming down now).? Oh, and we ultimately picked geothermal not for its energy savings, but because it meant a much quieter neighborhood, without air conditioning condensors or heat pumps outside each home. Eastern Village is a bunch of condo apartments in a single building.? We have geothermal here on a shared loop(s?) with each unit having its own heat pump and controls.? I don't know what brand our units are here, but they are definitely louder than our Water Furnace was.? Work OK though.? We are LEED Silver certified, just a couple points off LEED Gold.? We have an extremely high efficiency hot water system, lots of insulation, fancy windows, low VOC paint, real linoleum and bamboo flooring, a green roof (with gazebo and playground), and lots more I can't remember. Our construction advocate (aka owners' rep) was Stan Serson, and he also handled the set-up for LEED certification along with my neighbor Kara Strong and the green architecture team she works with (offices in the commercial side of Eastern Village. Jessie Handforth Kome Eastern Village Cohousing Silver Spring, Maryland "Where the flower boxes overflow with blooms and the courtyard is a green oasis full of kids and cats and neighbors." -----Original Message----- From: sally thompson <emptynestcohos [at] highstream.net> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Sent: Tue, 29 May 2007 8:54 am Subject: [C-L]_ Cost of Building Green & payback when savings Can any of you suggest good websites that might give ball park figures for how much various components of green building possibilities would cost? If that component would save energy or resources, how long it would take to pay yourself back through energy or resources saved? If any of you can let me know which "Green" features you used and whether you think it was worth it, that would be helpful, too. (i.e. counter tops made of recycled materials--did they cost a lot more & were they worth it?) Would love to gain knowledge through your experience! Thanks! Sally Thompson, Empty-Nest Cohos, DE/PA _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ ________________________________________________________________________ AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.
Cost of Building Green & payback when savings sally thompson, May 29 2007
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