Located on just more than three acres, Washington Village is the new LEED-ND community in the heart of NoBo, or North Boulder. The heart of this neighborhood is the original Washington Elementary School, established in 1903. The community is receiving the Silver designation for their stewardship towards the environment and community. Washington Village deliberately links neighbors through the sharing of common facilities such as a library, a wood shop and spaces for bike repair, artisanship, guests, gathering, and cooking.
Construction began on this community in the spring of 2011 and will be completed in early 2015. The development will contain 33 energy-efficient residential units. 10 of these units will be offered through the Affordable Housing Program. The cohousing project contains five housing types: flats, duplexes, townhouses, a historic building with condo flats, and single-family homes. Units range in size from 600 square feet to 4,000 square feet and are priced between at $80,000 (in the Affordable Housing category) to $1.5 million.
The communities will have Bosch Heating and Cooling systems that will draw approximately 4,000 kilowatt-hours a year for ventilation, heating, cooling, and domestic hot water. The developer assumes single-family homeowners will use an additional 5,000 kilowatt-hours, but with the installation of a 7.5-kilowatt photovoltaic system, the annual demand will be covered and the home will net zero energy.