The Kendal Corporation recently began construction on 48 cottages—part 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.
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.