July 15, 2008 11:28 AM
Geo-Thermal Community in Arvada launched
Construction is slated to begin this fall on the 250unit Geos Neighborhood, the country's largest net-zero energy, master-planned community.
Geos Neighborhood will generate enough renewable energy to offset 100 percent of the annual energy needs of the entire community.
"Geos significantly raises the bar for sustainable residential development," said project developer Norbert Klebl, in a statement.
"We're tapping a market of people who want beautiful, affordable homes that support their commitment to a truly sustainable lifestyle. People want more than a solar panel here or an energy-efficient appliance there - they want their homes to play a key role in minimizing their carbon footprints - and Geos Neighborhood does just that.
The development's on-site solar and geothermal systems are designed to supply 100 percent of the community's energy needs and work in conjunction with energy consumption patterns that are markedly lower than those found in the nation's average homes.
Features will range from a checkerboard placement pattern of the homes that maximizes solar efficiency to advanced storm water recycling and cutting-edge heat recovery ventilators.
Driving Geos Neighborhood is a vision to offer sustainable living at accessible price points; homes begin at the $200,000s.
"It's great that there are multimillion dollar homes out there with every eco bell and whistle imaginable," said Klebl. "Our goal with the Geos Neighborhood is to deliver these same opportunities to more than just the select few by designing a lifestyle community that is financially accessible to many more people."
Sustainability details include:
Airtight construction: Homes' airtight construction will achieve a low 0.1 natural air changes per hour. By contrast, the majority of U.S. homes currently being built average between 0.5 and 0.7.
· Heat recovery ventilators: Special ventilators will transfer 75 percent or more of the heat from air exiting the home to the fresh, filtered air entering the home.
· Photovoltaic solar panels: Photovoltaic solar panels will be on every building, accounting for 65 percent of total electrical offset.
· Checkerboard design: A groundbreaking checkerboard design model places every other home on the front of the lot, while its neighbor sits to the back, maximizing each home's solar collection.
· Water conservation: Serving an important dual purpose, each community green is a storm water detention basin that also serves as a neighborhood park, and storm water is recycled back into the community landscape.
Geos Neighborhood homes will range from 860 square feet to 3,683 square feet in a variety of housing types, including single-family homes, live/work townhomes, paired homes, row homes, multi-level condos and co-housing.
Each home's standard and upgrade features will include energy-conserving light fixtures and water conserving plumbing fixtures.
Interior finishes will be low-toxic and contain low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and materials will be from sustainable resources.
Pre-sales are underway.
For more information : www.discovergeos.com or call (303) 432-8007.
Here is a rendering of the community, courtesy of Michael Taylor Architects and David Kah Studio.