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February 13th Update

Iowa First!


Expected to be Iowa's first LEED-Platinum rated home, the new house at Cypress Villages nears completion.

June 28th, 2008. Cypress Villages Update

Progress at CV has been good, despite the wet spring. SE Iowa is rated Zero for seismic probability and Zero for Hurricane probability. Rain has come on time and in plentiful amounts for many generations (could it change? we'll see). Tornadoes are a statistical probability, which can be mitigated through early detection and Safe rooms. And now we confirm that Floods are almost impossible at Jefferson County "Island".


We have set Foundation Stones for three single family homes and two eight-plexes in May. Roads must be in place before homes, and two weeks ago we started the main entrance to Phase II, the North-central area. The construction grade roads are in place as of today, with the entrances off of highway one to both Phase I and Phase II waiting on culverts and permits a few more days.

Upcoming Workshop on Green Building Design and LEED - Saturday, April 19th

C-Wise & Cypress Villages Presents:

Beyond Efficiency: Green Building Design and LEED

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Held at Fairfield’s first LEED Building, the Argiro Student Center at MUM in Fairfield

Instructor: Martha Norbeck, LEED AP and green building consultant

MORNING SESSION 9:00 - 11:30
~ The case for Green Building: economic, health, and environmental
~ An introduction to the LEED library of rating systems

LUNCH 11:30 - 12:30, serving local organic food (lunch included for full-day students)

AFTERNOON SESSION - 12:30 - 4:30
~ LEED for New Construction – learn what the points are and what do you need to know to implement LEED



Cypress Villages update January 14, 2008:

This morning, January 14, 2008, Phase II of our subdivision was approved by the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors. Phase II includes 32 residential lots, many of which are sized for multi-family homes, plus our Community Building/Meditation Hall. We're pretty happy.

Happy Holidays from the Cypress Villages team!

After months of planning, the Cypress Villages Subdivision broke ground for the construction of 179th street on December 13th. Drish Construction worked in the snow on the new road just north of the intersection of Airport Road and Highway 1.

Standing on the future 179th Street from left to right: Roland Wells, Martha Norbeck, Dan Walker and Phillippa Mecham


Cypress Villages road construction begins!!!

See below for pictures of the first road being built @ Cypress Villages. Drish Construction can be seen below working on Phase 1 roads: 179th st, and small sections of Sycamore Ave and Redbud Way. Its very exciting to see dirt being moved!


Cypress Villages' Martha Norbeck elected to Fairfield City Council

marthaMartha Norbeck,
owner and president of C-WISE, was elected to the Fairfield City Council on December 4th. Martha is the lead designer of the Cypress Villages subdivision, and is responsible for the high environmental
standards incorporated in that project.

Ms. Norbeck is an Iowa City native, whose parents instilled a strong passion for science and
the value of biological systems. Her father is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Iowa, and her mother holds a Masters in Biology and worked as a researcher at the U of I biology department. Martha has been working in Fairfield for over four years, consulting with Maharishi University of Managment, local builders and planners on Sustainability issues.

Ms. Norbeck’s architecture career was launched as a result of her Fulbright research of ecovillages in Sweden. She earned a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001,
and thereafter worked in Iowa City for Neumann Monson Architects as an intern and Sustainability specialist. She has worked as lead designer on the Cypress Villages project since January of 2007.

Presentation on Quality and Sustainability in Construction, Nov. 24th @ 2pm

How to Create Quality and Sustainability in Construction presented by Martha Norbeck and Dan Walker. Plenty of time for questions and answers. Everyone welcome.
Saturday, Nov, 24, 2 pm at Revelations upstairs meeting room.

Presentation on MSV and Sustainability - Nov. 23rd @ 1:30 PM

MSV and Sustainability in Homes and Commercial Buildings presented by Eloise Raymond, MSV consultant, and Martha Norbeck, Sustainability Expert. Plenty of time for questions and answers. Everyone welcome.
www.cypressvillages.com. Friday, Nov. 23, 1:30 pm, 58 S. Main. in Fairfield Iowa.