The fundamental problem in justifying sustainable systems is the separation between ‘Who bears the costs & who reaps the benefits’. This is solved in this form of development by the ongoing nature of the ownership.
Sustainable systems proposed:
Rainwater harvesting, pumped by windmills to a header tank to gravity irrigate the landscape.
PV array for low-level lighting to outdoor spaces at night
Turf roofed houses for thermal insulation & evaporative cooling.
Stone walls to the western end of houses to capture afternoon solar gain.
Communal greenhouse for the production of vegetables.
Communal orchard growing stone fruits & nuts.
Harvesting horse manure & food waste for fertiliser.
A range of home types is being designed to optimise their solar orientation, so that all homes will have Northern sun into their living space and a range of private outdoor spaces to take advantage of the morning, midday & afternoon sun.