One reason people choose to live in the EcoVillage co-housing community is the community’s commitment to sustainability. That commitment to sustainability, especially sustainable energy-efficient construction, is one reason why builder Kendall Carpenter of AquaZephyr, LLC, wanted to work on the co-communal housing project. And, it’s one reason why the community’s newest addition, a four-story 15-unit multi-family building, won a 2016 Housing Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.
EcoVillage Ithaca was started in 1991 with the purchase of a 176-acre site 2 miles from downtown Ithaca, New York. It is a cooperative living organization that is part of a loose affiliation of EcoVillage communities around the world. The Ithaca community has been built in three phases and will eventually include housing for about 240 residents including families, couples, and singles in singlefamily, duplex, and multi-family homes clustered around ponds, open spaces, farm land, and green houses.
Read more about this multifamily building by clicking on the images below.
- Name: TREE at EcoVillage
- Location: Ithaca, NY
- Layout: 1 bdrm, 1 bath, 1 fl, 467 ft2
- Climate: IECC 6A, cold
- Completion: Fall 2015
- Category: Multi-family
Modeled Performance Data:
- HERS Index: without PV 58, with PV 26
- Projected Annual Energy Costs: without PV $1,050, with PV $583
- Projected Annual Energy Cost Savings: (vs home built to 2009 IECC): without PV $274, with PV $1,137
- Projected Annual Energy Savings: without PV 1,525 kWh, with PV 6,314 kWh
- Added Construction Cost: without PV $2,780, with PV $4,630 (per unit)
The images and information in this gallery were provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. See more great green homes like this one at the DOE Tour of Zero.