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Conserve the Earth's Resources - and Your Own

In light of today's environmental and economic crises, it's never made more sense to build energy-efficient homes. Green homes not only preserve the earth's precious resources, they also save you money in the long run.

Energy-Efficient Homes

Cypress Villages' Homes:

  • Are designed to perform 45% more efficiently than state building code.
  • Use high-efficiency Geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling, offering 60% savings compared to code.

For full home specifications please visit the Our Homes page.

All Cypress Villages homes will be built to high performance energy standards incorporating:

  • Geothermal heating and air conditioning systems
  • Solid construction techniques and ample insulation to improve comfort and energy efficiency
  • ENERGY STAR* rated appliances
  • Whole house heat exchanger ventilation systems
  • Third party verified ENERGY STAR Indoor
    Air Package, a 70 point checklist for positive indoor air quality. Click here to learn more.
  • Regional, recycled, rapidly
    renewable and low-VOC building materials

*ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government-backed program that helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Click here to learn more about Energy Star appliances.

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Renewable Energy

No matter the season, either the sun is shining or the wind is blowing in Jefferson County, Iowa. Several environmentally minded communities nearby have operated for years on the sun and wind energy. Our goal at Cypress Villages is to have a net zero energy community – where the total energy produced equals, or exceeds, the energy used. Wind turbines, photovoltaic and solar hot water panels will contribute to this goal.

Responsible Water Use

We are working with civil engineers to develop environmentally responsible storm water management and waste treatment systems, as well as opportunities to utilize gray water and rain water. Low flow fixtures and faucets are standard features in our homes, reducing water use by 33%.