Green Neighborhood in New Hampshire a First -- Peterborough Goes 'Green' With LEED(R)Platinum Registered Homes in Northeast's Greenest Neighborhood

Share Article

The Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire welcomes its first residents in November. The Neighborhood is a new type of housing development, known as "cohousing." Peterborough was recently named among the Top 10 "Coolest" small towns in America by Budget Travel Magazine.

Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire welcomes its first residents in November. The Neighborhood is a new type of housing development, known as "cohousing." It's part old-fashioned neighborhood and part Town Square, with a difference--residents are serious about reducing their impact on the environment, and have bought into a development that has a design and philosophy of environmental stewardship. And it's all going to happen in a town that was recently named among the Top 10 "Coolest" small towns in America by Budget Travel Magazine.

About half of Nubanusit's 29 units are already sold. Homes in the neighborhood range from single-family to duplexes, to one-floor condominiums, from 863 to 1,888 square feet. Keeping the homes reasonably sized is part of the environmental goal--the largest home here is smaller than the average-sized home in America today. The neighborhood already includes a cross section of young families, middle-aged couples, and older, single homeowners.

Nubanusit Neighborhood provides the privacy people crave, but with the convenience of extra space in several common areas. Included are 70 acres of farmland, woods and riverfront--all owned by the residents. The Common House provides a place for neighbors to gather and children to play, and professional office space in a renovated historic farmstead is available for resident use. The Farm includes a small organic dairy, an apiary, chickens for eggs and meat, orchards, berry patches, and vegetable and herb gardens. Space and pasture for residents' horses will be available.

Home costs at Nubanusit range from $280,000 to $600,000, with a special program to help young families obtain affordable mortgages here. The homes are classified as condominiums. Monthly fees range from $115 to $250, depending on size, and they cover heat, hot water, insurance, snow removal, grounds keeping, maintenance and a reserve fund. The development's energy-saving features and its top-quality building materials help contain costs. The homes are meant to last 200 years, built with high- performance materials of superior durability and longevity. The homes are traditional New England farmhouse style, all with front porches, private backyards, full basements and attics, and exteriors of red-cedar shakes.

The neighborhood's "green" technologies include a central pellet-fired heat plant, highly insulated building envelopes and solar hot water collectors. The duplex homes are registered for the United States Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Certification, the highest rating awarded. LEED--Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design--is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

The neighborhood is designed to reduce the need for driving. Nubanusit's homes are clustered together along common pathways and courtyards, with owner cars parked out of sight in a common area. Residents here can easily walk to Peterborough's town center, where shops, a movie theater, art galleries, museums, bistros and a pub offer the essentials and entertainment. Peterborough's schools are award-winning, with state and national championships in both academics and athletics.

More information:
http://www.peterboroughcohousing.org

Contact:
Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm
Phone: 603-924-7897

Email, press inquiries:
press(at)peterboroughcohousing.org

Downloadable photos available:
http://www.peterboroughcohousing.org/photos/

Email, public inquiries:
info(at)peterboroughcohousing.org

###

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Shelly Hulbert


603-924-7897
Email >
Visit website