In Augusta Township in eastern Ontario, a planned new neighborhood is designed to be walkable, with homes that produce more energy than they use, built on former farmland while helping protect and restore nearby forests and wetlands. “We were looking at where we can add more life,” says Jamie Miller, director of biomimicry at B+H Architects, which partnered on the project. CABN, which designed the homes, makes prefab, solar-powered houses that use around 20% of the energy of a traditional home. Community battery systems will store energy so homes can run without a connection to the power grid. The neighborhood, with 67 homes, will also use rainwater collection and storage and modular wastewater treatment on site. The homes will be built in small clusters to help create community with parking on the periphery so the center is open to pedestrians. The development will include a grocery store, healthcare, and workspaces, to help residents avoid having to drive.

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