Green Senior Eco-Cottages Hit Pennsylvania

The Kendal Corporation recently began construction on 48 cottagespart of the Kendal at Longwood continuing care retirement community in Kennett Square, Pennyslvania–which will be built to LEED standards.

These 1,250- to 1,800-square-foot cottages will make use of eco-features such as geothermal heating and cooling; energy efficient appliances, lighting, windows and water heating; and low- or no-VOC building materials and finishes.

Kendal at Longwood

image via The Kendal Corporation

Low-flow water fixtures within the cottages will ensure water savings of 25-30% over a conventionally built home; outside, native, drought-tolerant plants will make the most of the rain, requiring little in the way of irrigation.

All this is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of these homes by 1.2 tons a year as compared to a typical code-compliant home of the same size, according to estimates by The Sheward Partnership. These Philly-based eco-consultants also estimate that each of these cottages will save 35 gallons of water a day, or 12,500 gallons a year, compared to the typical U.S. home.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.