On Sunday we drove over to EverGreen Village, a 12-unit green development in Bloomington, Indiana that is nearly completed. The landscaping features natural, native vegetation amid closely clustered homes. The homes will be made available to eligible homeowners based on maximum income levels, and will feature the following:
- State-of-the-art storm water filtering design system with restored creek and natural rain gardens
- Permeable-paving walking path running along the creek
- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-registered energy efficient design
- Solar photovoltaic modules donated by Duke Energy
The homes will range in cost from $100,000 to $200,000, and homeowners will be required to take courses in maximizing the energy-efficient aspects of the homes, in order to keep the operating costs low. My favorite of all the designs was the four-bedroom configuration pictured above.
Bloomington's Mayor Mark Kruzan and Public Works Director Susie Johnson spearheaded the effort, which puts Bloomington in front of a nascent green building movement just getting off the ground in Indiana.