Green With Envy
A Project to Promote Sustainable Housing Models
Housing today continues its trend toward expensive, large buildings that are energy inefficient, give off gas toxic materials, do not capture and recycle water, or use green principles and design, in general. There is a need to demonstrate sustainable housing models . . . especially for single adults, and adults with one child, senior citizens, or couples.
To start with, we will seek to demonstrate clustered cottage homes with common space for gardens, out buildings, parking, and community use. State-of-the-art features that are energy efficient, use renewable energy, energy-efficient appliances, water recycling, green materials, recycled materials and techniques, and alternative community transportation will be demonstrated. Eight to twelve units built on a collectively small footprint will be the goal, with approximately 800 square feet per unit.
Create with prototypical models. Federal, state and local grant funds, foundation resources, private sector partnerships, and networking to further the goals of the project. By starting under a non-profit charter provides opportunity for funds not available directly to a private sector initiative alone, especially on the R&D needs.