Ecovillage, River Falls, WI, USA
Making sustainable homes affordable for all
Developed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the City of River Falls, the University of Wisconsin, Frisbie Architects and the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community
Development, Eco Village is a master-planned community featuring LEED® Platinum, carbon negative, net-zero energy use homes. Among the sustainable features in the homes, including solar, geothermal and rainwater harvesting, are Uponor’s PEX plumbing, fire sprinkler and radiant floor heating systems.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers participate in construction of homes at our sites throughout Pierce and St. Croix Counties, and no experience is necessary.
- 18-unit, LEED® Platinum neighborhood
- Carbon-negative, net-zero energy use homes
- Solar, geothermal and rainwater harvesting
- Uponor AquaPEX for plumbing systems
- Uponor AquaSAFE fire safety systems
- Wirsbo hePEX radiant floor heating systems
Learn how the nation’s first carbon-negative, net-zero energy use community used Uponor PEX systems
As with all Habitat for Humanity projects, the homeowners donate time to constructing their own homes with the help of volunteers. From the groundbreaking in the spring of 2012 through the end of 2013, Uponor employees volunteered more than 1,500 hours at the project site with the help of the company’s paid volunteer time off (VTO) program.
“Four priorities guide Uponor sustainability efforts: conserve water, reduce waste, improve energy efficiency, and empower labor,” says Ingrid Mattsson, director of Brand and Corporate Social Responsibility for Uponor and a founding member of the company’s Sustainability Team. “Being an anchor partner in the Eco Village project, having our product in the homes and having our employees volunteer at the site is a perfect example of our mission.”
Four priorities guide Uponor sustainability efforts: conserve water, reduce waste, improve energy efficiency, and empower labor
At the housing fairs of Kouvola, in summer 2019, was presented House Beauty which has the modern control system Uponor Smatrix Pulse for radiant underfloor heating and cooling system.
Uponor's radiant underfloor heating and cooling system was installed in a new single family house. During the record high heat wave, the system was in real action.
The 30 years old copper plumbing of the house were replaced with a Uponor composite system. The renovation was over in one day. The contractor for the job was LVI-Dalton Ltd from Klaukkala, Finland.
At the end of autumn 2013, Uponor's new product, Uponor Gray Water Filter Home, was installed in Ruuhijärvi, Nastola.