By Laura Fitch
Kraus Fitch Architects
Wednesday, May 21: Unitarian Society of Northampton – 220 Main Street, Northampton. 7:00-8:30, with 6PM site visit at Village Hill before meeting.
The meeting is in the Social Room, which is on the lower level of the Unitarian Society and accessed through the side entrance of the building. Childcare will be available.
A major focus of this development will be on the sustainable design of the buildings and the neighborhood. Homes will be designed to be Zero Net Energy, producing as much energy over the course of the year as they consume. Permaculture principles will guide the overall site development. The project takes inspiration from the Living Building Challenge to design with a balance between the natural and built environments.
Village Hill in Northampton is a developing mixed-use neighborhood including a diversity of housing types and commercial tenants. The neighborhood has views of the Mill River and the Holyoke range, and is only a short walk from Smith College and downtown Northampton.
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