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Open House and Award Ceremony at Cypress Villages

Smistik_homeOn Monday, June 21, Iowa’s first LEED™ Platinum-certified home will be awarded a certification plaque by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Located at 33 Pecan Street in Cypress Villages, Robert Smistik's new home was over a year in the making.  Constructed entirely by local contractors, the two bedroom home had to meet a rigorous checklist of requirements to attain LEED™ Platinum certification.

Cypress Villages Developments

 The Cypress Villages development is moving forward with its infrastructure. The base roads for Phase I and Phase II are complete. Water distribution lines are installed for  10+ homes. Power from Alliant Energy is also in place for 10+ homes. All power cables are underground. This strategic move prevents damage  due to winter ice and preserves the expansive  prairie views. A new ½ acre pond is nearly complete in  the north-east area.

City Incorporation

The City of Cypress Villages Petition for Incorporation passed the review of the state City Development Board on October 14th. A hearing has been set for February 17th in Jefferson County. This is a public hearing for the representatives of Cypress Villages to present their proposal to the state, and for any interested party to make a case for or against the incorporation. CV representatives must at this time show how the development can provide the usual services of a city and how incorporation is in the public interest.

Certified Organic!

On August 29, 2009 Cypress Village was awarded Organic Certification from the USDA. This has helped to market CV produce at the local farmers market as well as Everbody's Grocery and a Revelations Restaurant.

Home grown organic crops this year included alfalfa, rye, straw, tomatoes, sweet corn, buttercup squash, pumpkins and strawberries.

New Apartments at Cypress

The CV 8-plex apartment hmoe is nearing completion. It is a high quality manufactured home that was purchased from MUM. The interior features light bamboo flooring, solid core interior doors, high quality ventilation and lots of natural day lighting. Renewable thermal energy from the earth will heat and cool the building. The thick 6” exterior walls are tightly insulated for sound and energy efficiency.

Sthapatya Veda housing at Cypress

CV Sthapatya Veda efficiency units are nearing completion. It is a high quality manufactured home that was purchased from MUM. The interior features light bamboo flooring, solid core interior doors, high quality ventilation and lots of natural day lighting. Renewable thermal energy from the earth will heat and cool the building. The thick 6” exterior walls are tightly insulated for sound and energy efficiency.

Permaculture and Willows at Cypress

Permaculture and Willows at Cypress

 

Planting Begins!

Next month Cypress Villages will begin planting trees, a crucial first step towards establishing a sustainable “food forest”--a method of agriculture that emulates natural woodland ecosystems, only with yields useful for humans. With the help of sustainable agriculture students, FFA and interns, 470 trees have already been purchased for this first planting. Trees include a variety of apples, cherries, pears, nuts, and more.

Build A New Home This Year

It's a great time to buy a new home or condo at Cypress Villages!

Free Money.

President Obama extended and increased the 2008 tax credit for new home buyers through 2009. The $7,500 credit has been increased to $8000 and is now refundable. How does this all work?

First time home buyers can purchase a home and receive up to $8,000 from the IRS. Here are some important points to know: