Do you know your WalkScore? WalkScore is a great tool for quantifying just how connected a place is—and how easy it is to accomplish daily tasks without driving. Our city, Fayetteville, has an overall WalkScore of 27 - Car Dependent. In contrast, ECO clocks in at 85! You can walk to the post office, numerous great restaurants, lots of workplaces, and of course, the University of Arkansas.
More and more people are realizing just how important walkability is to overall quality of life, and WalkScore is a handy way to measure walkability. What is your WalkScore?
Matt Mihalevich, City of Fayetteville Trails Coordinator, explains the benefits of ECO’s walkable, bike-able location and provides an overview of the destinations that can be easily reached by the Frisco and Oakridge Trails as well as the development of the Razorback Greenway, a 36-mile regional trail.
Heidi Tankersley of A Splash of Green describes healthy living at ECO. From the choice of paints and finishes and air filtration systems to the proximity to Fayetteville’s multipurpose trail system, ECO provides a setting that encourages wellness.
We released this press release today, and we’re happy to share the news with you!
ECO Modern Flats Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification
MC3 Multifamily announced today that their newly renovated apartment complex, ECO Modern Flats, was awarded LEED® Platinum certification, the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for green building and design.
ECO Modern Flats is the first multifamily development in the state to attain any level of LEED certification. It is the first project in Washington County to qualify for the LEED Platinum standard. The LEED Platinum certification places the project among an elite number of developments in Arkansas including the Clinton Presidential Center and Heifer International Headquarters.
Heidi Tankersley of A Splash of Green is the green lifestyle consultant for ECO Modern Flats. With her expertise in non-toxic, environmentally friendly products, she has guided the selection of materials used for finishing the interior spaces of the flats. We asked Heidi to tell us a little more about her company, her method for choosing materials for ECO, and keeping a healthier home.
The beauty of this blog is that we can show you parts of the design and construction process that the folks who live here will never see. One of those cool things is our insulation.
As part of our commitment to green building, we are insulating all the flats at ECO using a product with Northwest Arkansas roots. It’s not flashy, but the insulation that we are using to seal the exterior walls will keep ECO interiors comfortable and quiet. BioBased Insulation is a product of Fayetteville’s BioBased Technologies. With BioBased Insulation, we bumped up the insulative value at ECO to R-24. Not only does this insulation reduce the demand for heating and air conditioning, it also seals against outside noise.
Chris Baribeau of modus studio is the architect for ECO. After studying architecture at the University of Arkansas, he worked for the acclaimed architecture firm Marlon Blackwell Architect. In 2008, he and Josh Siebert founded modus studio. They were joined this year by Jason Wright. With the help of designers David McElyea, Austin Chatelain and Chris Lankford, the firm has designed environmentally sensitive projects from homes and schools to an airport terminal and an orphanage in Africa. We asked Chris to tell us a little more about modus and the vision for ECO.
We’ve all been there. When it’s time to buy, we read up. From cars to granola bars, we study reviews and read the labels. We carefully compare quality, price, environmental impact, and the look and feel of each item before making our choice. When we search for a place to live, the tables are turned. So often, we sacrifice style for lower cost. We sacrifice quality for location. And when it comes to the environmental impact of our housing, we try not to think about it. We usually don’t have the information we need to make an informed decision, and custom-designed “green” housing usually expensive and out of reach. Finally, there is a better choice.