Energy Efficiency: Thru a combination of strategies, the Lodge is 45% more efficient than the 2010 California Code requires, considered one of the toughest codes in the country. That means minimal (imagine $20) energy bills for Lodge residents.
Passive Cooling: No need for air conditioners in homes, increased interior mass, whole house fans, radiant barriers, ceiling fans, cross ventilation.
Low Electricity Use: Energy efficient lighting, and good daylighting.
In-floor Radiant Heating: One energy efficient system serves the entire Lodge, providing excellent heat with no blowing air and all the noise and particulates that come with it.
Healthy Materials:Bamboo flooring, low toxicity paint and finishes, low formaldehyde materials, Marmoleum flooring, Tectum acoustic tiles.
Responsible Water Use: Low water use fixtures and irrigation.
Responsible Forestry: Advanced framing, 25% to 40% less lumber used to build the same square footage which also allows for better insulation.
Air Quality: No wood stoves, non-smoking environment.
Minimum Impact Possible: Conscientious grading and tree removal, thirty percent of the site left as open space.
Reduced Driving: Studies show that folks who live in cohousing drive 25% less and own fewer autos.
Responsible Landscaping: Plantings and new trees, indigenous grasses & draught tolerant plants, minimum water use and other key permaculture attributes.
Community: Lower consumption, sharing of resources, ongoing commitment to sustainable living
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