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Florida green housing town

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The green town of the future is already on the drawing board for a Florida Panhandle site. The developers are determined to join the gradually growing $12 billion a year sustainable building industry and make Sky a reality as soon as possible. Upon completion it would house about 600 families on 571 acres, roughly half of which would be reserved for farming where homeowners can grow produce in their own gardens or in community plots. The developers like to caution here that it's not going to be a commune, like where the hippies of days gone by went to live.

It's designed to attract people who are environmentally conscious and want to join others thinking the same way. They're those who just want to say no to large, crowded cities and clogged freeways. They have the necessary desire to contribute to the battle we now face with global warming.

Florida State University's Center for Advanced Power Systems has signed up to work as partners in the project, helping in the town's overall design. For instance, engineers are hoping to develop one central air conditioning system for Sky that would then deliver cooled air to individual houses. The aim also is to use the Earth's underground temperature to either cool or heat homes. Besides that, they're looking into operating appliances with batteries powered by solar energy.

As we can see, they're working on a host of things that would surely make a difference and with any luck Sky could become a prototype for towns to come.




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Esko Kiuru
Mortgage, real estate and apartment industry analyst - syndicated mortgage, housing and property management blog
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Comment balloon 3 commentsEsko Kiuru • May 28 2007 05:34PM


Your post (although it does not contain your own photos) has real GREEN value, and   educates, inspires,· generates discussion,· recognizes "giving back", "paying forward" "  responsible stewardship"...

thanks for this amazing news!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

Esco! I love that picture!

I have been hearing about this type of development. What a benefit to the whole community to keep much of the land undeveloped and for the greater good of all. I have fond memories of going to the "park" in our subdivision. There was and outside ring of homes and and inside ring of homes. In the center of the inside ring was a "park" -- no ball diamonds, monkey rings or soccer fields -- we made our own. And we all met there.

As an adult thinking back I realize how smart that was! There were around 30 homes on that inside ring -- think about all the eyes that were on us! Safety of the children was an added benefit. Aside from being green friendly a community of this type is family friendly and encourages the residents to know and love eachother!

Thanks for highlighting this! 

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) almost 12 years ago


Many thanks for the gold star. This is my first, so what does it really mean? The idea is to keep talking about the need for green housing and bring these concepts to the public to think about.


This Sky development could be the trailblazer of green towns. Let's see how it shapes up.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 12 years ago