First Green Development in Chester County, PA

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The rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania are home to historic sites and farms, yet just a stone’s throw to Philadelphia. An empty infill lot, located in the quaint town of Kimberton, seems like the perfect location for a green, mixed-use community — one that will allow its residents to enjoy free heating and cooling — thanks to geothermal heat pumps and solar panels!

The plan for Kimberton Village Green consists of 6 ground-level retail units and 22 residential condominiums situated atop the commercial spaces. Modular construction is being utilized which has several benefits, including: building materials that are not exposed to rain, snow, and heavy winds; elimination of theft on the job site; reduction of construction time and waste; and quick installation to minimize the impact on local residents. All this, and the units are even built locally!

The builder is also taking a sustainable approach to managing storm water runoff on the property. Non-toxic paints and building materials are being used extensively throughout so as to not compromise good indoor air quality. Smart home technology will let residents see how they’re using energy in their homes. Residents with plug-in hybrid cars will be pleased with easily accessible ports in the garages. Locals already benefit from a number of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the area.

Kimberton Village Green is on track to achieve a LEED platinum rating, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest award. More than half of the units have deposits already in place, and a ground-breaking ceremony is expected for next month, followed by delivery of the units in early Spring.

Source: Earth Rising Homes

Tag(s): Green Building, Greening the Home, Greening the Office

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One Response to “First Green Development in Chester County, PA”

  1. Green Prefab Homes on December 17th, 2008 12:33 pm

    Green home communities may offer solutions to a variety of concerns homeowners have about the future, in terms of home prices, energy costs/consumption and so on.

    I think it’s great that green homes are getting so much attention in the media and more people seem to be interested in the “green” movement.

    -Tim

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