Sustainability within the Wildwood community ensures the social, economic, and environmental systems will meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. Our goal is to maintain and enhance the quality of life, integrate harmoniously within the existing physical environment and natural ecosystems while promoting social equity for generations to come.
When we open up past homes for tours, the question we hear time and time again is — why doesn’t everyone build this way? Building homes to our level of efficiency pays for itself from the first month of occupancy. The health of our homes make people feel better. The maintenance and replacement costs because of poor construction is eliminated. Our longer warranty ensures you will not have moisture issues — and these are just some of the homeowner benefits. There are also environmental and social benefits.
Wildwood of Marengo is one of the first handful of projects in the country that is diving into the future of energy. This community is designed and built with a conservation first approach, in that the homes are built to reduce energy demand by 70-80%. We couple that with state of the art solar panels and battery storage systems that allow homes within the community to pool and share energy. This is a standard feature of Wildwood, that not only benefits the neighborhood, but also the greater environment.
The technology at Wildwood allows the power company to access those batteries to stabilize the frequency of the grid when needed, or reduce peak power demand, which produces the dirtiest energy. The result is homes that owners can be proud contribute to their bottom line with no energy bills, but also contribute to the environment and the city of Marengo.
Ecology – the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
Wildwood is a diverse ecological development made up of Oak Woodlands, Savannas, Prairies and Wetlands within a sustainable living community. The hope is to encourage and embrace all of the inhabitance of the Wildwood Community in these surrounding ecosystems. The relationships between plants and animals within these plant communities are based on healthy habitats that support clean water, air, and soil wellness. Native plants sequester carbon; build soils that put water back into our aquifers and supports native insects, birds, fish, reptiles, as well as mammals – including us!