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.
Energy Star clothes washer in EYA LEED certified home.
Upgrading to an Energy Star, high-efficient washing machine is a great step towards making your home energy-efficient and green, but is their more that you could be doing with your laundry to reduce your carbon footprint? Energy Star washing machines, which are included in all new EYA homes, use 37% less energy and 50% less water than regular washers, saving you an average of $135 a year in utility bill costs. You could be saving even more, though, if you use some of these tips:
Limit dryer use. On average, dryers are one of the most energy-consuming appliances in your home (second to only the refrigerator). Even if you only cut your dryer use part-time, it will save you energy and money. When you do use your dryer, clean your lint filter regularly to ensure that your clothes dry as fast as possible. Also, some sources recommend ditching dryer sheets all together because they have harmful chemicals for the environment and for you.
Buy Front Loading Washing Machines. These Energy Star machines, sometimes referred to as “horizontal axis” washers, use between 18 to 25 gallons of water per load. In traditional top loading washers, the machine uses about twice that amount of water.
Use HE and Concentrated Detergents. Many detergents on the market now display the high efficiency symbol, which designates that they are compatible with HE machines. See this HE detergent chart here to see some popular options, or use ConsumerSearch to find out which brand might fit in best with your lifestyle. In addition, try to buy very concentrated detergents – they come in smaller containers that use less packaging resources and fuel when shipped, yet last you just as long as a less concentrated equivalent.
Fill ‘er Up! Whenever possible, wait to do your laundry until you have enough clothes to fill an entire load. In traditional machines, the same amount of energy and water will be used regardless of the amount of clothes, resulting in the wasted energy and water. If you need to do a smaller load, some newer washing machines have a “load size selector option” that uses less water for smaller amounts of laundry.
Cold, cold, cold. Wash your clothes in cold water. As soon as you tell your machine to wash in hot, or even warm, water, your energy bill rises significantly. 90% of the energy used by a washing machine is caused by heating the water. To help encourage the use of cold water to wash your close, there are now detergents on the market made specifically for cold water washing, such as Tide Coldwater Detergent.
To determine which incandescent bulb to compare to our 23-watt ENERGY STAR CFL bulb, we consulted the CFL purchasing guide and determined that a 100-watt incandescent bulb would be the equivalent regular bulb wattage to test. We then attached a standard table lamp to the Belkin device and tested each light bulb individually. Assuming that the lamp was run continuously for a year and the cost of electricity was $0.11/kWh, the results were as follows:
The Belkin Conserve Insight Energy-Use Monitor tests how much energy any given appliance uses in your home.
In our efforts to learn more about green living and energy-efficient households, EYA recently purchased the Belkin Conserve Insight Energy-Use Monitor, a simple device that measures the impact of individual household appliances on utility costs. We wanted to purchase the device to learn about which items in our homes are using up unnecessary energy so we can change our habits in the future to be more green and cost effective.
We’ve been testing the device on various electronics and have been pleased with the results thus far! This product is very easy to use and understand with its simple set up and display features. Simply plug the Conserve Insight into a wall socket and then plug the device you are trying to learn more about into the Conserve Insight. The plug piece is connected to the display screen via a five foot cord, which helps make reading the device easy. The device measures pounds of CO2 emissions per year (or month), utility cost in dollars per year (or month), and watts. While the device is set at default to measure cost at an average of 0.116 cents per kilowatt-hour, this can easily be adjusted to match the cost that your energy company actually charges (which can often be found on your utility bill).
There are some short-comings to this device, namely that it is hard to calculate the energy cost of items that you turn on and off frequently, or items that use varying amounts of energy depending on settings, such as in various washing machine cycles. Regardless, it gives you a rough estimate of how much any specific device is costing you, and also makes it easy to gauge which of your electronics is costing you the most. You can buy your own energy monitor directly from Belkin, or through amazon.com.
We’re really looking forward to testing out this device some more and learning about which devices we should limit our use on and unplug often. Stay tuned!