In The Beautiful Hudson Valley, A Community Called Green Acres Is In The Mist Of Building The Future.
The community is located in New Paltz, New York, a scenic and charming college town situated 85 miles north of New York City.
HVCE (Hudson Valley Clean Energy) , Bolder Architecture and Greenhill Contracting partnered to develop Green Acres as the first zero energy (ZEH) community in the United States and possibly the world. Finally, a trio of companies not just talking the talk, but actually walking the walk.
With several homes already completed and occupied, Green Acres is setting the standard for home building in the 21st Century. Through the use of combined state of the art technology, each home has the capacity to generate enough renewable energy to offset its annual energy needs.
The first resident of Green Acres tracked the daily performance of his 3,000 sq.ft. home. By the end of the first full year of occupancy, the home over-produced 1,733 kWh of electricity. Outstanding!
Some of the technology used to achieve net zero energy use :
• Solar (photovoltaic) Panels
• Geothermal Heating and Cooling
• Super Insulation & High-Efficiency Windows
• Heat Recovery Ventilation
• ICF (insulated concrete forms) – from foundation to roof
All homes are LEEDs certified for homes and contain energy star appliances.
Green Acres is the place to be – eco-living is the life for me – (If you’re a Boomer, sorry for that tune rolling around in your head right now)…as the green future unfolds.