An innovative housing development is set to get underway in Dunedin, Florida that will see the creation of the first affordable LEED Certified Net Zero Energy townhome development in the US. The Eco-Village will consist of 25 townhomes, all of which are designed and engineered to maximize energy efficiency. Developer Planet Green Group aims to make eco-friendly as well as affordable.
The aim of the project is to provide affordable homes for everyone, but especially ‘Hometown Heroes’ such as police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, veterans and other professionals. Each LEED-certified, Net Zero Energy home will be priced as low as $600 per month, making them ultra-affordable.
“We are thrilled to see Planet Green Group develop Lorraine Leland into affordable town homes that feature state of the art energy efficiency,” said Robert Ironsmith, Director of Economic Development & Housing for the City of Dunedin in a statement. ”The City values the partnership between the Dunedin Housing Authority which donated the property, Pinellas County for managing the process and Planet Green Group for incorporating high energy efficiency building techniques into its development.”
The homes themselves have been designed to combine building science and high-performance products with the ability for homeowners to monitor energy consumption. They’re designed to reduce overall household energy use, CO2 emissions, indoor water consumption, and reduce associated energy costs. The homes’ many features include a state-of-the-art solar system that converts sunshine into electricity and eliminates any electric costs. Others include power-saving appliances, LED lighting and home energy management systems to allow homeowners to better understand home energy use and monitor energy consumption.
“Dunedin really prides itself on being a kind of environmental leader,” Mayor Dave Eggers told the Tampa Bay Times. “This fits right into the kind of landscape here. There’s a whole lot of folks in our economy that are looking for places to live – firefighters, our sheriffs, our teachers. This gives them great opportunity.”