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Food Production – The Villages at Crest Mountain currently has 6050 sq ft of tilled organic garden beds, 55 fruit trees, edible landscaping, blueberry bushes, and 66 grapevines in place, along with a proposed greenhouse for additional food production.
Renewable Energy - All homes are net metered with Progress energy to maximize solar energy opportunities. Tax credits and new technology makes solar and PV panels an attractive option for all residents. The Villages plans to include solar energy on all community buildings.
Rainwater Harvesting - Together with Brown Consultant engineers, we have designed a localized rain water retention strategy, using the newly installed storm water system as the storage vessel for use in the community gardens and greenhouse. Using weirs and pumps, we store rain water in key locations and pump it to the surface for irrigation. The rain water retention strategy lowered the material impact of the project, while reusing the water resource that would typically flow off-site.
Permaculture - Every resident receives a landscape allowance to custom design their lot's landscape. A $1000 landscaping budget is standard with every home in Phase 1 of the Villages. A match of up to $2500 is standard for all residents in Phase 2 of the villages.
Green Building Techniques - All structures are built with environmentally sensitive materials and must have the minimum standard of Silver Level Healthy Built Homes certification. Our energy expert will conduct Home Energy Rating Scores and Blower Door Tests for all homes. Visit Our Home Plans for additional green building techniques used in the Villages at Crest Mountain.
Live/Work/Play - Residents can live, work and play in their community at the Villages at Crest Mountain, minimizing transportation needs and reducing greenhouse gases.
- Live: Our stylish eco-cottages are designed and constructed with energy efficiency, affordability and quality in mind. We offer an extensive range of personal finishes and green upgrades, enabling residents to customize homes to fit various budgets and needs.
- Work: Crest Mountain is proud to house Hanger Hall, an acclaimed girl's middle school, on-site professional office suites and the Crest Center and Pavilion event spaces. Villages at Crest Mountain residents can create their own office environment in their home or separate office studio.
- Play: Greenspace encourages outdoor activity. We also plan to build a pub and community co-op within walking distance of the Villages at Crest Mountain. The co-op will provide for basic needs and groceries, as well as a market for residents' artisan crafts and excess produce from community gardens.