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client: rural development inc
location: greenfield, ma
status: complete 2008
Wisdom Way Solar Village is part of a continuing collaboration between Austin Design and Rural Development Inc. to design and build affordable energy-efficient homes, many of which are near zero net energy.
This community is located in Greenfield, Massachusetts and is comprised of 20 units (ten duplexes), including two fully accessible units. Careful air-sealing and super-insulated walls have eliminated the need for a central heating system in these homes. The homes include photovoltaic panels and solar thermal hot water systems, features that are both sustainable and affordable over the long term.