The St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity is building an 18-home Eco Village as part of its vision for a sustainable and integrated community.
Habitat World, the monthly magazine of Habitat for Humanity International, featured the Wisconsin project that will double the number of Habitat homes constructed per year in River Falls, Wis., and will dramatically change the way those houses are conceived and constructed. The project’s sustainable and integrated community design is meant to demonstrate that efficient, ecological building practices can be beautiful and affordable.
According to the article, “Habitat homes in the village will be a mix of three- and four-bedroom construction, some single and some twinhomes, and will be built following Passive House principles. They’ll be extremely well insulated (important for those Wisconsin winters) and use solar power to generate as much energy as they use. Homes will have cisterns and rain barrels and radiant heating in the floors. These features will make the houses largely self-sufficient and save homeowners hundreds of dollars in utility bills.”
One of the features of the homes is foundations and basements built with insulated concrete forms supplied by Fox Blocks, an Omaha, Neb.-based manufacturer of ICFs for foundation and wall construction that is a core contributor to the Eco Village project.
The village is being built on land donated by the city of River Falls — one of many local and national partners to come on board in support of the project. Also, the Eco Village is situated close to public transportation and sits on the edge of a pre-existing neighborhood, meaning homeowners can easily avoid driving to many places they need to go.
Article from proudgreenhome.com