Category Archives: Smart Growth

Discussions about smart growth and urban infill development

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!

EYA Readies to Open Chelsea Heights Townhomes in Silver Spring

January 10, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
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Silver Spring, MD – On Saturday, January 25, Washington-area building leader EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Montgomery County townhome community, Chelsea Heights.

Located in the heart of walkable Silver Spring, Chelsea Heights will feature 63 contemporary townhomes just steps from the acclaimed retail shops and restaurants, Whole Foods and Silver Spring Metro.

New home buyers at Chelsea Heights will enjoy features such as expansive rooftop terraces, 2-car garage parking, advanced Home Automation, and European-style Chef’s kitchens. Floor plans offer 2-4 bedrooms, open main living levels, plus recreation rooms or lofts for up to 2,553 sq ft of interior living space. Contemporary finish options include such details as outdoor kitchens, linear fireplaces, decorative steel stair rails, exposed brick walls, and more. Home prices range from the $700s to $900s.

The townhomes at Chelsea Heights will offer a beautiful, tranquil setting—all within walking distance of downtown Silver Spring’s countless amenities.

 

Townhomes at Chelsea Heights Grand Opening
Saturday, January 25, 2014
11 AM – 6 PM
630 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-6700
www.EYA.com

About:

EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new townhome communities and mixed-use developments.  Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area.  EYA is currently selling six new home communities: Chancellor’s Row in Washington, DC, Old Town Commons and The Oronoco in Old Town Alexandria, VA, Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA, Little Falls Place in Bethesda, MD and Arts District Hyattsville in Hyattsville, MD. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.

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Chancellor’s Row Featured in Washington Post

December 17, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

The Washington Post has discovered what our homebuyers have known all along: Chancellor’s Row is quite the gem of walkable townhome living in the heart of the District!

Read what their reporter said about our architecture and community design, as well as the story of one of our homeowners. Want the carefree lifestyle of urban living for yourself? Visit our decorated model homes, open daily, from 11 AM – 6 PM. Learn more at EYA.com.

Grand Opening: Decorated Model Home at Arts District Hyattsville

November 13, 2013 | by | 1 Comment
EYA's newest model home at Arts District Hyattsville includes countless innovations in new home design.EYA's newest model home at Arts District Hyattsville includes countless innovations in new home design.

Join us for our Model Home Grand Opening at Arts District Hyattsville on Saturday, November 16th and be the first to preview some of EYA’s latest innovations in new home design!  Read More

Chancellor’s Row Wins Environmental Award

October 25, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Last night at MNCBIA‘s annual Environmental Awards, judges praised EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhome community with the firm’s fourth Green Building award.

EYA's commitment to green building practices has been recognized year after year in industry award competitions.

EYA’s commitment to green building practices has been recognized year after year in industry award competitions.

A panel of industry experts weighed criteria such as sustainable design, construction which minimizes environmental impact, homes with reduced energy and water consumption, and the protection of the health of occupants.

In 2009, EYA committed to design all future neighborhoods to LEED for Homes standards, and the company has received over 500 certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Chancellor’s Row, which was also named 2011 Community of the Year, is a 10-acre urban infill townhouse community, built to LEED-ND and LEED for Homes standards and includes onsite Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar. The community is over 90% sold out and a limited number of homes remain for quick move-in.

Park It: Car Free Days September 20th – 22nd

September 19, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

This weekend, Washington area drivers will take part in a worldwide movement to support sustainable transportation by pledging to go car free or car-lite. Car Free Days is an international event that takes place in 1,500 cities across 40 countries to celebrate alternative forms of transportation.

To participate, fill out the pledge to go car free or car-lite on one or more days and use alternative transport such as a bicycle, public transit, carpool or walking. Plus, by simply submitting your pledge, you are entered to win great prizes including an iPad, $250 gift certificate to BicycleSPACE, memberships to Capital Bikeshare and ZipCar, Metro passes and more!

Pledge to use alternative transportation such as Metro, bus, carpooling and bicycling on Car Free Days. Photo credit: Creative Commons/Ben Schumin.

Pledge to use alternative transportation such as Metro, bus, carpooling and bicycling on Car Free Days. Photo credit: Creative Commons/Ben Schumin.

EYA recognizes the benefits of going car free and is committed to building walkable communities. The company recently commissioned a third-party study to measure the true lifestyle benefits of living in an EYA neighborhood. The findings showed that 60 percent of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute and 71 percent walk to Metro at least once a week. View more benefits here.

Join the thousands of participants who have pledged to make Car Free Days a success in DC and start living your car free lifestyle today!

EYA Welcomes Capital Bikeshare to Chancellor’s Row

August 16, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Residents of Chancellor’s Row have a new neighbor! We’re excited to welcome Capital Bikeshare to the community, at the intersection of Hamlin St and 7th St NE. CaBi joins Zipcar in the transit friendly location, where Metro is only steps away. Easy access to the Met Branch Trail means walkers and bikers can be at Union Station or the nation’s Capital in just minutes.

Welcome Capital Bikeshare!

Welcome Capital Bikeshare!

My, Capital Bikeshare, your station looks great here!

My, Capital Bikeshare, your station looks great here!

The combination of car alternatives, LEED certified construction, and beautiful design has earned the community designation as 2012 Community of the Year and City Paper‘s Best Designed Residential Development. The neighborhood is now 90% sold out and a few homesites remain from the upper $600s. Model homes open daily at 627 Regent Place NE in the District.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Capital Bikeshare, visit http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/.

More Data Supports Life Within Walking Distance

August 14, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A walkable lifestyle in the urban core isn’t just for hipsters anymore, says two recent articles from the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

 

The Washington area boasts numerous walkable neighborhoods suitable for a carefree, convenient lifestyle. Pictured here is one of downtown Silver Spring’s marketplace events. EYA will be constructing elevator townhomes near this location at Chelsea Heights in 2014.

Instead, researchers are seeing empty nesters increasingly choose the conveniences of city living. They’re ditching the car, walking to farmer’s markets, enjoying a lower maintenance lifestyle and generally embracing the vibrancy of walkable lifestyles.

It’s a concept on which EYA was founded, and EYA builds townhomes and condominiums in locations which offer life within walking distance (the company’s tagline) throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.

Wondering if urban living is right for you? Discover how these families enjoy their choice or visit any one of our sales centers in Bethesda, Fairfax, Old Town Alexandria, Hyattsville or the District.

Use Walk Score’s Commute Calculator to Find Your Next Home

July 26, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

From the brainiacs at Walk Score who originally launched the walk ratings that define neighborhood accessibility is another tool that revolutionizes home search!

You can enter your daytime office address and find neighborhoods within a certain commute time: by transit, by car, bike or foot. Add your housemate’s office address, too, and find a place that’s convenient for you both. The navigation on Walk Score’s website is incredibly easy to use and very intuitive.

For now, you can only find real estate listing information for rental homes, so home shoppers looking for for-sale listings will have to wait. But you can still use the tool to narrow your search to a particular neighborhood. Now, that’s pretty handy!

Want a shorter commute? Then consider the neighborhoods of EYA. Our townhome and condo communities are just a hop, skip and jump from everywhere you want to be.