Our professional team, which includes experts in architecture, engineering, ecology, energy, and high-performance construction, is taking a science-based approach to both site and buildings. Outcomes such as energy use, indoor air quality, site water collection, and soil character are more than just design goals—they will actually be monitored over time.  Our monthly design reviews enable all Explorers to take part in design discussions, and our EcoResources Group is preparing a community land management plan.  

 To provide for greater durability and long-term affordability, the EcoVillage buildings are being designed for Passive House (PHIUS) certification with the goal of achieving 100% of our energy from renewable sources.   We are also tracking embodied carbon through life cycle analyses with the goal of minimizing green house emissions and material waste in both the short and the long term. The houses will have large porches and private outdoor space.  Each house has at least one bedroom and full bathroom on the ground floor as well as an accessible entrance. Upper floor space, which is within the thermal envelope of the building, can be customized to suit the residents. This may include a home office, bedrooms, a bath, or left open for studio space. The houses do not have basements.   

 Purchase of a home includes a share of the common facilities. There is no developer fee or profit in the project, so every house will be sold at cost. We do not yet have final pricing but all financial information is available to every Explorer member and regularly reviewed with the community.   

We anticipate a move-in date to be in 2025.  As of January 2024, 26 of the 35 units have been committed to founding member homebuyers. Commitment dates determine the order of unit selection.   

Common House Design

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