HERITAGE PARK: VAIL’S FIRST SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD

Once a ranch headquarters for an early homesteader, the 12 acre in-fill site became the Valley’s first sustainable neighborhood consisting of 24 homes. All homes are registered under the Colorado Built Green Program and certified under the Energy Star label. Each home is independently tested and has received a 5+ Star Rating which equates to being at least 30% more efficient than a home built to code. Homes incorporate high efficient condensing mechanical systems, air exchangers, blown in blanket insulation system, building envelope upgrades including advanced framing, continuous wind and water screen (increased durability), air sealing techniques, thermal bridge protection and energy efficient windows. Other products and finishes include low or no VOC paints, Energy Star appliances, high efficient fireplaces and eco-friendly finishes. At Heritage Park all wood, metal and cardboard were recycled.

Positioned as move-up housing, the homes are approximately 3,000 square feet with unfinished basement space. They are priced competitively in the Vail market. Heritage Park homes are a regular stop on the valley’s Healthy Home Tour. The neighborhood was featured in Vail Home Magazine in 2007 and recently won the first Green Built Award presented by the Eagle Valley Homebuilders Association in 2008.