Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle and includes: siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation between the design team, architects, engineers, and clients at all project stages.
Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources.
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity.
- Reducing waste, pollution, and environmental degradation.
Phoenix Commons, will incorporate design elements that focus on:
- Energy conservations and efficiency
- Water conservation and efficiency
- Sustainability agriculture
Modeled after socially conscious urban design, Phoenix Commons will have a high unit-count per acre density, and is an urban infill project being built on a previously developed site.
A cooperative lifestyle community provides active adults a supportive and amenity rich lifestyle, at an affordable cost. Savings are derived through economies of scale and group purchase power. The cost of common meals, transportation, maintenance, administrative and operational duties, fitness trainers, activities, and future care can all be shared among community members. Unlike traditional senior living communities, Phoenix Commons’ members pay only for the amenities and services they want and need, and can always change the mix as member needs and interests evolve over time. The sharing of resources and flexibility to adapt services to changing needs helps contribute to the community’s long-term financial well-being.
Research shows that social connectedness is one of the key elements associated with health and well being in older adulthood. We now know it’s not healthy to spend too much time alone. It’s important to continue to develop close relationships in our lives. Cooperative lifestyle communities honor an individual’s privacy while promoting interdependence and mutual support between neighbors. It’s a wonderful feeling to live in a close knit community of peers; where meaningful relationships develop naturally. The bonus is we now know it’s a lifestyle that is also good for our health.