Acting as Stewards of the Land

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Earth-Friendly Features: Street swales (top) and storm-water drains (bottom) lessen our impact on the environment.

Our community lives gently on the land. Here on the Oregon coast, and especially surrounded by an abundant green forest, we have a deep appreciation and respect for nature. Wilder emphasizes leading-edge methods of stormwater detention and minimal earth moving. Our first improvement was a bioswale for natural stormwater management followed by a multi-use path with permeable pavement. The streetlights are energy efficient and non-light-polluting.

Builders in Wilder are encouraged to use building materials that are recycled, recyclable or made from renewable resources whenever possible. High-efficiency homes — or, as we call them, high-performance homes — use less energy to heat and cool; alternative sources such as solar and wind are on our radar. We capture the abundant rainfall and put it to good use in the landscaping – while using native plants that require less to drink. Bike paths connect the entire neighborhood, meaning fewer cars, less pavement, and a smaller footprint on the land.

Yes, this is about the environment. Everyday, we walk out our front doors and are reminded of that fact by our lush environs. But it’s also the place we call home. Sustainability is simply living smart. A few of the many little details in our architecture and eco-standards that help make Wilder different from other neighborhoods are listed below.

  • Use of recycled or recyclable wood and metal framing in buildings
  • Zero-VOC paints
  • Non-formaldehyde plywood
  • Carpets with no glues or toxins
  • Construction that minimizes mold
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Water Source Fixtures
  • Clean air
  • Rinnai Hydronic Heating Systems
  • High windows that let in light to save electricity and preserve privacy

Sustainable Definition:
Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.