Rather than isolated suburban houses and urban apartments, more and more homeowners are choosing self-sustainable housing developments that also allow them to feel part of a community. These communities generate their own food and power and treat their own waste.
More on the features of these communes from The Guardian:
Valderrama Hurwitz, a former non-profit administrator, and her husband, a retired strategic planner with the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency, didn’t want to replace their house with an oversized energy guzzler, isolated from their neighbors. Instead, they began exploring ways to create a so-called intentional community: a neighborhood that could better protect them from climate change-related risks and be a model for how to live with less impact on the planet.
More than 5,000 miles away, in Amsterdam, a California-based development company called ReGen Villages is about to break ground on a very similar project. When it’s completed next year, an off-grid development of 100 homes will aim to be almost completely self-sufficient. Each 25-home cluster will encircle several food production facilities for growing organic produce and raising chicken and fish using advanced agricultural technologies that require less land, like aquaponics and vertical farms. The settlement will generate its own wind, solar and biogas power and manage its wastewater in a closed-loop system that also captures waste to be recycled as energy and fertilizers.