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||National Pilot: Stapleton
Even before Denver International Airport opened and the former Stapleton Airport was closed, Denver had begun planning for a new, mixed-use urban community on the 4,700 acre Stapleton property. The Stapleton Plan, developed by the Mayor, the City Council, and private citizens, calls for housing to accommodate 25,000 residents as well as 35,000 jobs in 17 million feet of new commercial space and 1,700 acres preserved for open space. The focus for Stapleton is to create and urban infill sustainable development. The Plan envisions a traditionally urban, pedestrian-scale community served by mass transit, neighborhood retail, employment centers, and particular emphasis on energy efficient and affordable housing. To guide the development, the Stapleton Development Corporation, a private non-profit created by the City, has already begun work in recycling materials from the demolition of the old airport, runways and roadways. The community ultimately created at Stapleton will utilize recycling, renewable energy, natural resource conservation, and other environmentally sound policies to build and sustain a healthy economy and healthy environment.
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||Field Evaluation: Green Valley Ranch|
Green Valley Ranch is both a Field Evaluation Site and a Demonstration Site. Located close to Denver International Airport, it is a master-planned community with an active homeowner's association, and neighborhood recreational facilities (swimming pool, parks, tennis courts, miles of open space, and a planned golf course). Parks and recreational amenities are owned and maintained by the City of Denver, which helps to reduce homeowner association dues.
Oakwood Homes and the City of Denver, through a Working Group, developed an Affordable Housing Proposal for a large section of Green Valley Ranch that includes hundreds of housing units. The Working Group is also developing procedures to expedite the processing and review of affordable housing projects and overseeing development of a handbook with a comprehensive set of pertinent regulations.
Information gathered during the Field Evaluation phase will include costs of labor, materials, and regulatory compliance; thermal performance, energy efficiency, durability, maintenance requirements, and homebuyer reaction. PATH technologies that are currently under evaluation include frost-protected shallow foundations, concrete tile roofing, fiber-cement siding, cellulose insulation, and plastic plumbing manifolds. Technologies proposed for evaluation include air admittance valves, energy-efficient appliances, pre-finished drywall corners, and pigmented stamped concrete. Once a technology is tested, evaluated and found acceptable to the builder and homebuyers, it will be incorporated in several homes during the Demonstration phase.
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