Common Ground

LCLT’s fourth neighborhood Common Ground received four major “green” awards for its architectural and energy elements, as well as spotlighted in the June 2010 issue of Builder magazine.

Common Ground, completed in 2009, is a sustainable net zero energy project and received its award in part due to LCLT’s publication of the manual Land, Water, Energy, Resource Use: A System’s Approach. Features include straw bale construction with earthen plaster, rainwater catchment, solar hot water and a grid-tied solar electric system. This is a mixed-income development of 11 homes.


  • Completed: 2009
  • Award winning first net-zero capable homes
  • Cooperative Housing
  • Designed by: Mithun
  • Time to construct: 12 Months
  • Homes: 11. Cost: $2.2 million
  • Sweat Equity: 10,600 hours. Volunteers: 2,650 hours