Fairfield, Iowa, United States
Abundance EcoVillage is a planned off-grid community located on agricultural land outside of the town of Fairfield. Residents can purchase a lot and build a house to required performance standards, creating a robust community that promotes health and prosperity for the residents and greater environment.
15 acres, up to 23 single family units, 2 multi-family units, 14 homes occupied
Michael Havelka, Lawrence Gamble, Amy Greenfield
Performance levels achieved:
|Limits to Growth|
|Health + Happiness|
|Embodied Energy & Carbon|
|Neighborhood & Access|
|Access to Nature|
|Access to Community Services|
Goals & Strategies:
Goals: Promote community engagement in agriculture.
Strategies: Community gardens and greenhouse, permaculture landscaping.
Goals: Not defined.
Strategies: Landscaping with native prairie plants, constructed wetlands for water purification, beekeeping, large amount of acreage not developed.
Goals: Promote commuting by bike.
Strategies: Bike infrastructure connecting to greater community, walking paths.
Goals: 100% stormwater infiltration on site, blackwater treatment on-site.
Strategies: Rainwater capture, storage and reuse for non-potable uses in the home, constructed wetlands.
Goals: Consume 80% less energy than code, maximum 300 kilowatts per month per house.
Strategies: Passive solar design strategies, passive house envelope strategies, on site renewable energy: Wind, solar PV and hot water, passive ventilation, geothermal for heating and cooling.
Health + Happiness
Neighborhood & Access
Goals: Foster community, promote health and wellbeing for residents.
Strategies: Public access to streets, walking paths, outdoor community amphitheater, ponds for swimming, community education on sustainable living, community hosts lectures, films and concerts.
Goals: Sustainable materials preferred.
Strategies: Wood construction, labeled material preference for no toxicity.
Goals: 100% food wastes composted.
Strategies: Waste treated on site, composting, recycling facilities on site and collection services provided to the neighborhood.