Families benefit from new Eco Village homes
|Radiant HVAC manufacturer Uponor was one of the partners for Eco Village, a Habitat for Humanity project in River Falls, Wis.|
A sustainable residential community was the result of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Eco Village project in River Falls, Wis.
The project, which started in the spring of 2012, consists of 18 home sites and a community center built on five acres of land enriched with shared renewable energy systems, community produce gardens, edible landscapes and a proposed fleet of electric automobiles for the neighborhood.
The master-planned community of homes, designed for a platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, includes carbon-negative and net-zero energy-use structures. It was developed with the help of radiant HVAC systems maker Uponor Inc., Habitat for Humanity, the city of River Falls, the University of Wisconsin, Frisbie Architects, and the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development.
All Eco Village homes feature Uponor cross-linked polyethylene plumbing and multipurpose fire sprinklers throughout, along with radiant floor heating in the basements.
As with all Habitat projects, future Eco Village homeowners participated in the construction process, along with a number of Uponor employees.
“We are proud to be an anchor partner for the Eco Village project and to also have all our systems in the homes,” said Ingrid Mattsson, director of brand management for Uponor. “At Uponor, we truly believe in the triple-bottom line approach to sustainability that aligns people, planet and profit. Being an anchor partner in the Eco Village project, having our product in the homes and having our employees volunteer at the site is a perfect example of our mission.”