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Energy Conservation Measures – the New Mudrooms

Category: Green Retirement Communities

A study from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) shows that the energy crisis is producing big shifts in what consumers are looking for in new homes. In as short a period of 2007 to 2008, buyer interest in common features like mudrooms, home offices, game rooms, and home workshops have plummeted. Instead, consumers are looking for a plethora of energy-saving related features that were only glimmers on the horizon in 2007. Builders and architects are paying attention, because the market is so soft for their services.

Leading the pack in new desirable home features are tank-less water heaters, overall energy efficiency, “green” flooring, water saving technology, and recycled building materials. Our conclusion: the green movement is coming – and high energy prices will do more than anything to speed up its arrival. If you are looking to buy in a new active adult or 55+ community – put these features on your list.

And by the way, you might be curious about tankless water heaters. Understandably enough, they don’t have a tank, but instead heat the water in the pipe on its way to your faucet. By eliminating the tank you save a lot of energy that is wasted while you are away for the weekend and overnight. Oil and gas fired hot water heaters are typically more powerful than electric.

The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of 500 architecture firms.

Posted by Admin on September 17th, 2008

Will Green Communities Save the Housing Industry

Category: Green Retirement Communities

July 22 — If there is one “cool” trend in home building today, it is going green. A number of factors have come together to make the green (environmentally sustainable) movement the potential saving grace of struggling home builders across the world. In fact, a McGraw-Hill Construction/National Association of Home Builders study predicts that “The market for green housing will grow to from as little as $12 billion this year to between $40B and $70B by 2012.”

Obviously the high price of oil is factor number 1. With oil prices skyrocketing, residential buildings, which account for 21% of U.S. energy consumption (source: U.S. Energy Information Administration), are an easy target for money-saving ideas. (more…)

Posted by Admin on July 22nd, 2008

Green Retirement Communities Start to Blossom

Category: Green Retirement Communities

March 31 — Baby boomers are known for their devotion to preserving the environment – at least when they are not driving their SUV’s. So the big question is, will the folks who pioneered Earth Day look for green (sustainable) retirement and active adult communities? Just as important, will the marketers of those communities recognize the need and make the product available in an appealing concept?

We recently came across some examples of green communities, which is encouraging. Shea Homes, a large national home builder, has announced that environmentally friendly homes will be the focus of some of its new developments in Florida and other sun belt states. These homes will be so-called “eco-friendly”, and will have energy saving features such as solar attic fans, motion-sensor triggered lighting, energy-efficient windows and appliances, and garages with electric-vehicle charging stations. Some materials like insulation will be recycled. According to a report in Off the Grid, Shea says (more…)

Posted by Boomer1 on March 31st, 2008

Lily Valley Sets High Bar for Green Communities

Category: Green Retirement Communities

November 3 — Imagine a community that is being developed by the Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, Victor Sidy, along with 6 apprentices at the famous school. For one thing, you can be sure the community will balance well with the environment, and is not just so-called “greenwashing” (painting a community as green when it really isn’t). For another, it will be beautiful. Sidy’s team has developed plans for Lily Valley, called the “New American Village”, which will be just north of Hattiesburg MS. The effort by Taliesin is a response for innovative architecture to help this area of Mississippi devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Lily Valley will eventually occupy some 67 acres north of Hattiesburg, MS. It combines a mix of residential, commercial, and cultural elements and amenities. The idea is to create a sustainable and walkable community where residents can walk to grocery stores, medical care and recreational facilities. Homes will have solar panels and other controls to save energy. Some buildings will have green roofs to help control runoff and reduce heating and cooling costs. Homes are being designed for people of all economic levels.

Resources:
Prairie Mod article about Lily Valley
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Posted by Boomer1 on November 3rd, 2007

“Green” Resources for Retirement Communities

Category: Green Retirement Communities

October 17 — Environmentally oriented retirement communities are beginning to earn a toehold in this country. But the pressure for green communities and for energy and environmental conservation is really coming from the people who live in retirement communities — more so than from the developers. A recent study from the Mediamark Research BoomerView study found that 40.7% of baby boomers say “Preserving the Environment” is a very important guiding principle in their lives (that is 11% higher than reported by all adults). A good example of green (sustainable) retirement communities are the cohousing projects for baby boomers that are being built in the American West. (more…)

Posted by Boomer1 on October 17th, 2007