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Millennials Prefer Walkable Neighborhoods

July 29, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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In a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, surveyors confirmed a fact that EYA has long known: today’s homebuyers prefer walkable neighborhoods close to shops and transit. The study was covered by the Washington Business Journal, in which writer Kent Hoover urged the housing industry to do more to adapt to this trend. Looking for a walkable neighborhood to call ‘home’? Discover modern townhome living at EYA.com.

More Support for Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods

June 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.

We’re excited to share Roger K. Lewis’ most recent piece on transit-oriented development, a concept that’s at the very heart of life within walking distance. We work tirelessly to deliver on the best, timeless practices in urban living and neighborhood design. You can see some evidence of our past commitments smart growth on EYA.com. Enjoy!

Smart Building Techniques: Third-Party Verification

February 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA’s long-standing commitment to environmentally friendly home design is now enhanced by third-party verification of important installations in all homes. In addition to LEED for Homes certification, the following systems are now inspected by a third-party verifier:

  • Building envelope wrap and flashing details
  • Quality of insulation installation
  • Blower door test
  • Duct leakage test
  • Exhaust fan performance
  • Kitchen exhaust performance
  • Pest control techniques
  • Mechanical ventilation performance

Green building techniques, such as third-party verification, ensure that even the best laid plans are properly implemented in new home construction. It’s one of the many ways we’re building a smarter, greener home. Learn more about EYA’s “smart city living” efforts here.

Resolutions for a Walkable Lifestyle

January 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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As we welcome a new year, many of us will make resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. More and more research indicates that living in a walkable neighborhood is good for you. From better health to reduced crime rates to increased social interactions, walkable urban living has many far reaching benefits. The studies show:

  • There is a significant connection between walkability and health benefits
  • Walkability encourages more civic engagement in our communities
  • Walkable urban environments spur social interaction and creativity
  • Walkability is a key to influencing housing prices

EYA is passionate about creating distinctly special neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way. Visit our website to learn more about our walkable neighborhoods and resolve to start living your walkable lifestyle today!

Cool Roofs, Cool Effects

July 15, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

According to a recent article posted on Grist, “cool roofs save money by keeping indoor temperatures more comfortable in warm weather and reducing the need for air conditioning.” In this case, a “cool roof” is flat rooftop that has a brightly colored roofing membrane, most commonly, white, in order to reflect heat from the sun. Roofs that are darker colors, like dark gray or black, absorb more of the sun’s heat, making the building warmer inside. Not only do cool roofs save money, but also help the environment. The article explains that “reducing energy absorption at Earth’s surface decreases the amount of heat these [greenhouse] gases can trap in the atmosphere.” On a larger scale, Art Rosenfeld, the man behind the cool roof vision, compares a successful worldwide cool roof campaign to “’taking half of the world’s cars off the road for 20 years.’”

EYA has long known the benefits of cool roofs and we have been installing white roofing membranes on our flat roofs since 2009. We are very proud of our commitment to environmental sustainability and creating energy efficient homes. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. EYA homeowners save on utility bills, have shorter commutes and walk more. Learn more about how EYA homes are measurably different and visit one of our actively selling communities today!

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Earth Day celebrations are taking place around the world and there are many ways you can make a difference in your community and your home. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Pledge to reduce and recycle. Purchase food products that use less plastic packaging and bring recyclable shopping bags to the grocery store. Shopping at a local Farmer’s Market can also reduce the amount of plastic packaging you consume. If you don’t already recycle at home, pledge to start.
  2. Plant a tree. Volunteer with a local tree planting organization or simply plant a tree in your own yard.
  3. Use public transit, carpooling or bicycle. Reduce your carbon footprint by using alternative transport methods such as public transit, carpooling, bicycling or walking.
  4. Install energy saving devices in your home. Change out those old incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs, add a programmable thermostat (and be sure to change your air filters) and get low flow fixtures and appliances.
  5. Attend an Earth Day event. This weekend, there are lots of great Earth Day events taking place in the area that will feature plant sales, live music, family-friendly activities and more!

EYA has long demonstrated a commitment to environmentally sound business practices and building sustainable neighborhoods. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. We also build in urban areas where homeowners are within walking distance of transit, shopping, dining and other conveniences. Learn more about our actively selling communities and discover a smarter way to live today!

Tips for Spring Cleaning in Your EYA Home

April 7, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Spring is (finally) in bloom around Washington and we know you’re eager to open up your windows for a breath of fresh air. If spring cleaning is on your agenda, here are a few tips for tidying up your EYA home.

Take a peek at our Homeowner Maintenance video series, chocked full of helpful tips for common finishes and cleaning exterior areas of the home.

Looking to make way for your Spring wardrobe? We’re collecting gently used career attire in our clothing drive for A Wider Circle. Donate in DC, Alexandria or Bethesda.

Before you toss unneeded household items, check to see if it’s on the list of Green America’s 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle. They have a solution for discarding all sorts of items like CFL bulbs, pantyhose and “technotrash”.

Making an Eco-Friendly Move into Your New Home

November 6, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

(Editor’s Note: Today, we’re joined by JK Moving Services with tips on sustainable moving practices.)

For today’s consumer, sustainable practices are part of their everyday lives, even in the home buying process. EYA has answered the call, providing eco-friendly options and materials for its new homes.

After you’ve selected your new EYA home, all the finishes, and eagerly anticipate your closing date, another thought springs to mind – the actual move into your new home.  You may wonder, is there such a thing as a “green” mover?

Absolutely, there is! Here are four questions you can ask your potential mover during the in-home estimate, as you prepare for your upcoming move.

1. Do you have recycling and reuse programs?

These programs can run the gamut.  What you want to know is that the mover has a plan for keeping waste out of the landfill.  For example, some movers offer free, “gently-used” packing boxes to their customers as a way to re-use materials.  Also, your mover may offer pick-up services for your boxes, to ensure they are properly recycled or re-used.

2. How are your trucks maintained?

Trucks are an inherent part of moving, and your moving company can help lessen the trucks’ impact on the environment. Just like a passenger car, a higher miles per gallon (MPG) for trucks means less fuel consumption overall.  To improve MPG, a rigorous maintenance schedule for the truck fleet can ensure optimal fuel consumption. Other sustainable practices can include recycling vehicle batteries and anti-freeze, upgraded power units (on tractor trailers) with environmentally-friendly generators to reduce idling, and use of ultra-low sulfur diesel to reduce vehicle emissions.

Proper maintenance of JK's fleet improves reliability and reduces overall fuel consumption.Proper maintenance of JK’s fleet improves reliability and reduces overall fuel consumption.

3. How “green” are the packing materials?

These days, movers’ cardboard boxes should be composed of about 30% recycled material.  Too much recycled material in moving boxes, and they would not be sturdy enough to protect your belongings.  Another area where recycled materials come into play is moving blankets or pads, which are used to protect your furniture.  These can also be produced with recycled fabrics.

4. Does the company employ sustainable practices in its overall operations?

Just like any business, you should expect the mover’s corporate office to integrate sustainable practices in its operations.  For example, motion-sensors may be used for lighting in the offices or warehouse to reduce energy waste.  Or the company may have moved to paperless driver logs and payroll for its employees to lessen the amount of paper that is consumed.

At JK Moving Services, we track our green efforts each year, publishing a report of what materials we kept out of the landfill.  This year, we even published an infographic on what was accomplished!  You can check that out here.

As you prepare to move into your new home, we hope you’ll ask your mover about their sustainable business practices.  Even small steps add up to a significant, positive impact on our environment.

What’s more, EYA homebuyers receive $10 off per hour for local moves and 10% off the purchase of new packing materials with JK Moving Services. Simply mention that you are an EYA homeowner when you received your free, in-home estimate.

JK Moving Services has provided local, long distance, and international moving services for residential and commercial customers for more than 30 years. Visit their blog, This End UP, for more tips and resources about creating a worry-free move.

Guest Post: Rooftop Gardens by Love & Carrots

August 15, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Shops, restaurants and farmer’s markets abound within walking distance of your EYA home. But even with all those fantastic options, there’s something superbly convenient about having a small rooftop garden at your home when you’re partaking on a culinary adventure.

Love & Carrots created this beautiful rooftop container garden in the District. They offer planning, design, installation and maintenance services.

Love & Carrots created this beautiful rooftop container garden in the District. They offer planning, design, installation and maintenance services.

Washington favorite, Love & Carrots, a home organic vegetable gardening company, does not only specialize in urban farming in people’s backyards, but also rooftops. The company has constructed and actively maintains numerous roof deck gardens throughout the area. With the open skies and beaming sunlight of a wide-open roof, their roof top gardens have become some of their most successful!

Love & Carrots’ rooftop gardens are done in a combination of pots, containers, troughs, and most recently, kiddie pools.  Depending on the aesthetic preference of the client and the weight capacity of the space, they can use a variety of different containers and trellising. They fill the containers with a special soil mixture, which is a combination of peat moss, sand, and compost that will give your vegetables the healthy environment they need. Love & Carrots then adds drip irrigation systems, which conserve much more water than sprinkler systems or even watering with a hose.

Rooftop gardens quickly turn into an edible paradise with vining sweet potatoes and climbing beans, which they will trellis according to your space, perhaps on railings of an EYA townhouse. Growing your food out of containers as opposed to beds has proven to be equally as successful and quite the visual experience. If you’re a busy traveler, Love & Carrots can also help with watering, maintenance and more.

To explore the possibilities of your space and start gathering ideas for which veggies you may want to grow, check out their website at www.loveandcarrots.com.

EYA Launches Homeowner Maintenance Videos

June 14, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Washington-area homebuyers love our new townhomes and condominiums because they’re low-maintenance and eco-friendly (not to mention walkable to countless neighborhood amenities).

Now, simple home maintenance tasks are easier than ever, thanks to the launch of our Homeowner Maintenance video series on YouTube!

We filmed a variety of common household tasks, such as changing air filters, winterizing for cold weather and cleaning common household finishes. You can view all the how-to videos here.

 

Our Homeowner Maintenance video series includes:

Winterizing Your Home

Care for Common Finishes

HVAC Care & Maintenance

Spring Cleaning Tips

Health & Safety

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