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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!

Get a Sneak Peek Inside The Oronoco

May 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Oronoco Condo by EYA in Old Town Alexandria

The Oronoco, EYA’s landmark waterfront condominium in Old Town Alexandria, will be welcoming its first residents next month. Get a sneak peek inside this iconic new residence featured in The Washingtonian!

The Oronoco offers unparalleled luxury living with direct access to Oronoco Bay Park and the Alexandria waterfront. Building amenities include heated pool with bathhouse, outdoor kitchen, 24-hour security, concierge, fitness center with yoga room, dog washing station and much, much more. Visit our website to learn more and discover life on a grand scale 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
Silver Spring Townhomes

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.

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.

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/.

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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Study Measures Impacts of Smart Growth Developments

April 22, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Bethesda, MD – Washington-area homebuilder and real estate developer EYA has long focused on close-in, walkable new home developments throughout the region. Fittingly, the company places a strong emphasis on sustainable design, green building and smart growth. While EYA has heard anecdotally that its neighborhoods and construction techniques have improved their homeowner’s lives, the company recently commissioned a third-party study to measure the true lifestyle benefits of living in an EYA neighborhood.

EYA selected third-party research firm, Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO), to conduct a survey of homeowners among its recently built communities in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA. Owners were asked to report their actual energy & water usage, commuting and lifestyle habits. RCLCO also collected comparison energy & water usage data for older homes and newer homes built by other homebuilders.

The findings are:

  1. 60% of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute, as compared to only 32% of Washingtonians[1].
  2. 73% of EYA homeowners have a commute less than 30 minutes, which is 10% shorter than the DC-average[2].
  3. The average EYA homeowner walks 32 minutes per day, compared to the national average of only 13 minutes[3].
  4. 71% of EYA homeowners walk to Metro at least once a week, compared to only 15% of Washington-area residents[4].
  5. The average EYA household has only 1.43 cars, compared to a regional & national average of 1.9 cars per household[5].
  6. The average EYA household drives only 21 miles per day, as compared to a regional average of 26.3 miles per person[6].
  7. By moving into an EYA community, owners report driving 25 miles less per week, which saves them $734.50 per year[7].
  8. EYA homeowners report saving $258 per year on utility bills (or 9%) versus older homes or other new construction.
  9. 88% of EYA homeowners report that moving into an EYA neighborhood positively impacted their lives by bringing amenities within walking distance.
  10. In a typical EYA new home development, the company recycles 85% of construction debris, diverting over 2,000 tons of waste from landfills[8].

The study is timely for EYA, as it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, 4,000th settlement and completed its 500th LEED certification. The results are a testament to the merits of the green building techniques the company has implemented in pursuing LEED certification, along with the lifestyle benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood.

Living in a Statistically Smarter Neighborhood, an EYA Infographic

ABOUT EYA

EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new home communities and mixed-use developments.  Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. Learn more at http://www.EYA.com.

ABOUT RCLCO

Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO) is the largest independent real estate advisory firm in the nation. The company provides strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development. RCLCO has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX and Orlando, FL. Learn more at http://www.RCLCO.com.

 


[1] Commuting in the United States, 2009. Data for households earning $75K+ per year. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.

[2] Commute Times in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. June 2001.

[3] Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 2012.

[4] Commuting in the United States, 2009. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.

[5] Consumer Expenditures for the Washington, DC Area: 2010-2011. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

[6] Mega Commuting in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. November 2012.

[7] Using an IRS mileage rate of 56.5 cents.

[8] Data compiled using actual construction waste recycling reports from Northern Virginia Waste.

 

EYA Readies to Open Bethesda Townhome Community

January 3, 2013 | by | 4 Comments

Bethesda, MD – Washington’s leading urban residential developer and home builder, EYA, has acquired an infill redevelopment site in Bethesda from longtime businessman and attorney, Peter B. Hoyt.

EYA's Little Falls Place Townhomes in Bethesda, Maryland

The property, located at the intersection of Little Falls Parkway and River Road, abuts Montgomery County parkland and the Capital Crescent trail, while offering easy access to the Kenwood Station Whole Foods, Friendship Heights, Mazza Gallerie and downtown Bethesda. Formerly, the Hoyt property was home to Betco Block Plant, a manufacturing and distribution facility for brick and concrete building materials.

EYA's Little Falls Place Townhomes in Bethesda, Maryland

“Over the years, I dedicated my career to the building products industry. I’m eager to see this site transformed from a manufacturing purpose into a neighborhood of homes which will use some of the very products we’ve made”, said Mr. Hoyt. “There is no better partner than EYA for this financial and building venture.”

The Townhomes at Little Falls Place will include an expansive rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen and fireplace - all overlooking the Capital Crescent Trail.

The 1.8-acre site will soon be comprised of 25 luxury townhomes and 5 moderately-priced dwelling units (MPDUs). The new neighborhood, Little Falls Place, has been designed in a modern, urban vernacular with walls of glass to capture the scenic views of the parkland and Capital Crescent Trail. Materials such as stone and stained wood combine with clean lines of glass and metal. Further, expansive outdoor spaces include rear yards, balconies and rooftop terraces complete with outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.

Expansive windows overlook nature preserves in this open floorplan townhome.

“What we’ve envisioned for Little Falls Place is a rare blend of vibrant city living in a peaceful, relaxing setting. There aren’t many places in Washington where you can achieve this level of access to world class shopping and dining, yet enjoy acres of nature preserves and onsite trail access,” said Bob Youngentob, EYA President and Co-Founder.

European Chef's kitchens feature sleek cabinetry, quartz countertops and appliances by Bosch, Thermador and Sub Zero.

Consistent with EYA’s other neighborhoods, Little Falls Place will be built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s environmentally-friendly building standards, LEED for Homes. New home sales will begin in February 2013 from an offsite sales center, priced from $1.4 million.

About:

EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new home 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 four new home communities: Chancellor’s Row in Washington, DC; Old Town Commons and The Oronoco in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia; and Mosaic District Townhomes in Fairfax, Virginia. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.