Community of the Week: Whisper Valley

Whisper Valley is a 2,063-acre master planned community (MPC) that, at buildout, will include 7,500 square feet, multifamily residences, retail/restaurant, office, three schools, a transportation hub, parks and amenities. It is the largest sustainable community in the nation focused on energy efficiency, technology, the environment, healthy living and attainability.

The community features an innovative geothermal energy supply system as the basis of a comprehensive program that allows home builders to use their existing plans and vendors to build zero-energy capable homes at affordable prices by combining geothermal, solar PV, high efficiency appliances and smart home technology in a new way. The community also preserves 700 acres for green space for a 600-acre public park, a nature preserve, professionally managed mini-farms, pool, fitness centers, playgrounds, event lawns and an extensive trail system.

Challenges include the approval by the city of this new development approach to install the geothermal system upfront with utilities; selling builders on trying something totally new; and educating consumers on the benefits of sustainable living in a pioneering location.

Whisper Valley has become an award-winning, successful MPC and is the model for future attainable sustainable development in the United States.

Architect/Designer | ASD SKY
Developer | Taurus Investment Holdings
Interior Merchandiser | Creative License International
Land Planner | SEC Planning
Landscape Architect/Designer | SEC Planning
Green Verifier/Rater | EcoSmart Solution
Marketing Firm | Anderson Hanson Blanton
Photographer | Anderson Hanson Blanton

Judges’ Comments | This project has a great story. The geothermal linking all the homes together is a strong feature, as are the walking trails and open green space.

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