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:
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.
Plant a tree. Volunteer with a local tree planting organization or simply plant a tree in your own yard.
Use public transit, carpooling or bicycle. Reduce your carbon footprint by using alternative transport methods such as public transit, carpooling, bicycling or walking.
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.
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!
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
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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:
60% of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute, as compared to only 32% of Washingtonians.
73% of EYA homeowners have a commute less than 30 minutes, which is 10% shorter than the DC-average.
The average EYA homeowner walks 32 minutes per day, compared to the national average of only 13 minutes.
71% of EYA homeowners walk to Metro at least once a week, compared to only 15% of Washington-area residents.
The average EYA household has only 1.43 cars, compared to a regional & national average of 1.9 cars per household.
The average EYA household drives only 21 miles per day, as compared to a regional average of 26.3 miles per person.
By moving into an EYA community, owners report driving 25 miles less per week, which saves them $734.50 per year.
EYA homeowners report saving $258 per year on utility bills (or 9%) versus older homes or other new construction.
88% of EYA homeowners report that moving into an EYA neighborhood positively impacted their lives by bringing amenities within walking distance.
In a typical EYA new home development, the company recycles 85% of construction debris, diverting over 2,000 tons of waste from landfills.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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/.
It seems like just yesterday EYA broke ground on the new townhomes at Chancellor’s Row, the 10-acre development on the grounds of St. Paul’s College where Brookland & Edgewood meet.
Since then, the Artspace Lofts were completed and occupied, Monroe Street Market went under construction, Menomale opened, and 901 Monroe began demolition. The neighborhood has a noticeable new vibe, yet maintains the same charming architecture and close-knit community feel.
Even San Antonio Grill got a facelift.
San Antonio's Nifty New Sign (Photo Courtesy of http://brooklandavenue.com/blog/)
EYA has sold 65% of the 237 homes at Chancellor’s Row, a LEED for Homes certified development located just steps from Brookland-CUA Metro station on the red line. Construction is maintaining pace closely with sales and over 120 households have moved in.
Photo of the first building at Chancellor's Row (Model Home Row) while under construction in early 2011.
The community features an onsite Zipcar, soon-to-come Capital Bikeshare station, tot lots, three acres of open space and beautiful rooftop terrace views. Chancellor’s Row was named “Community of the Year” by the local building industry associations.
Chancellor's Row, now, "Model Home Row"
The final phase at Chancellor’s Row, comprised of 64 units, abuts 5th and 6th Streets just off Franklin Street NE. Home styles include three and four bedrooms, traditional brick or stone facades, along with the final 12 “Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU)” homes.
To learn more about Chancellor’s Row, visit the community website, or attend our special event this Saturday, October 20th from 1 PM – 4 PM, with catering from Old Europe.
No other homebuilder in the Washington Metropolitan area has built as many LEED for Homes certified residences than EYA and the company has just earned additional certifications at its DC townhome community, Chancellor’s Row.
Upgraded insulation techniques and third party inspections ensure homes stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
The 237-unit neighborhood is built to LEED-ND standards and is within walking distance to Metro, shopping and neighborhood services. An onsite Zipcar and soon-to-come Capital Bikeshare station improve mobility for residents. Rear-load parking garages, tree-lined streets and wide sidewalks improve pedestrian friendliness. And native landscaping, onsite construction recycling, bioswales and rain gardens also contribute to LEED-ND standards.
Panelized framing is an efficient technique for limiting jobsite waste and providing more exact measurements.
The LEED for Homes designation was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for green building techniques such as:
ENERGY STAR appliances, windows and fixtures
Airtight and watertight building envelope with slab insulation
Low VOC paints and finishes
Low flow faucets for water conservation
Energy saving CFL bulbs throughout
Solar hot water rough-in and available solar electric rough-in
Third party green building inspections during the construction process
Homeowners enjoy a better quality of life, more comfortable indoor living environments, lower utility bills and peace of mind that their homes are built with the latest green building materials.
Available dual flush toilets and low flow faucets are two easy water saving features any homeowner can add.
EYA builds all of its homes to LEED for Homes standards, or higher. To learn more about the company’s green bulding practices, visit the Smart City Living interactive tool here.