DUNEDIN - The Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County will join partners Planet Green Group, Eco Construction, GE, Algatec Solar, MESH Architecture and the city of Dunedin for the groundbreaking of Eco Village, the nation’s first, affordable LEED certified net zero energy townhome development.
The groundbreaking is scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. on land at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Lorraine Leland Street in Dunedin.
“We have been working to make our affordable housing projects as green as possible for many years,” said Frank Bowman, housing development manager for Pinellas County Community Development. “But Eco Village will serve as a model for future affordable housing developments in Tampa Bay and throughout the country, and we are excited to play a role in making it a reality.”
The concept behind a net zero energy home is that the building produces as much energy as it uses. Eco Village will feature 25 net zero energy townhomes, designed and engineered to bring affordability, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy technology to Pinellas County homeowners.
Homes combine solar panels with a variety of energy-saving features including power-saving appliances, LED lighting and home energy management systems to allow homeowners to better understand home energy use and monitor energy consumption.
The two-story townhomes will range from 1,100 to 1,500 square feet and come with a projected price range of $135,000 to $175,000. The project is slated for completion in early 2013.
For more information on Eco Village, call Pinellas County Community Development at 464-8210.