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Photos by Emily Hagopian

Passive Solar Cohousing Community in Oceano, CA


"Community is the hidden dimension of sustainability,"

Jim Leach, Wonderland Hill Development Corp., developers of Tierra Nueva Cohousing.

"I double checked the costs with the developer this morning. I still find it hard to believe, but the units came in at $59/ SF and the common house at $90/ SF," Ken Haggard- architect (1999).



Passive solar design for natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling and daylighting.

Small building footprints.

Minimized paving with green fire access roads.

Universally accessible paths are stained concrete for ease of navigation.

Solar electric photovoltaic system for clean & renewable electricity production.


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