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A few weeks ago the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 was signed into law retroactively extending numerous tax incentives for green building and energy efficiency projects. An updated PDF summary of the incentives is attached.
Views since 5/2014: 2,947
Question: I would like to know the number of units of the smallest Cohousing communities and people's opinions about the smallest number of units necessary for a viable Cohousing community. Response: Years ago, somewhere in the literature I saw the results of a survey that the ideal size was 25-...
Views since 5/2014: 6,226
Jerome Garcia, a friend of Cohousing, writes: Catya, Attached is the July 2014 update of my Green Tax Incentive Compendium which includes incentives for projects. Feel free to forward it to any of your colleagues in Cohousing Association of the US or other people you know working in green...
Views since 5/2014: 2,194
Carolyn Dyer of Iowa City Cohousing, still forming, posted their marketing plan to the Cohousing-L email list a week or two ago. I thought it contained many new ideas and asked her if I could share it here. She said yes so here it is. I particularly liked their use of speakers on related topics,...
Views since 5/2014: 4,572
I participated in the first two years Chuck Durrett offered this workshop, and found it gave me a strong base of understanding of the essential elements for Aging in Community, enabling me to teach the Danish "Successful Aging" curriculum that is part of the best path to getting Senior Cohousing...
Views since 5/2014: 5,476
On Cohousing-L, a member of a forming group asked a smart question: "What SHOULD we be worried about?" Philip Dowds, an architect living in Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge Cohousing replied: Plan on delay. Plan on surprising cost increases. Plan on flogging your way past disappointments...
Views since 5/2014: 4,327
Grace Kim responded to a query on cohousing-l to “cohousing veterans:” “What should we (a forming group) be worried about / work out in advance / get a good plan for NOW?" I'll preface my advice with the fact that I am an architect, but also a founding member of an urban cohousing group in...
Views since 5/2014: 3,831
Temescal Creek Cohousing neighbors enjoy their new common house, which includes a unit on the top floor that helped offset construction costs. (Photos by Andrea Kissack) We often joke that we are the fastest cohousing community ever formed. In March 1999, after only three months of meetings,...
Views since 5/2014: 16,091
What is a common house? For many, the first instinct is to think of it as a community building. Indeed, a common house shares many of the aspects of a community building: it is a place to gather in large groups, to eat together in a community, to share child care and other common facilities. But...
Views since 5/2014: 2,893
A list of the 6 mistakes that groups have made that contributed to their downfall or cost them significant financial loses and/or membership problems. Not a scientific study but reflects 20 years of reading Cohousing-L. 1. NOT READING COHOUSING-L. Cohousing-L will give you access to hundreds of...
Views since 5/2014: 12,088

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