Aya eco village & nature center offers many opportunities. But together with your local residents you also have to make many choices. How can you design your home and what will your living environment and the facilities look like? This information is intended to give you inspiration about the possibilities to design your home and your neighborhood. We will also discuss the lifestyle that suits the neighborhood and you will learn more about what you can expect from the municipality.
The neighborhood focuses on active residents who together dare to take on the challenge to design a new neighborhood. In addition to your own home, it also concerns the construction of infrastructure and communal facilities. Being helpful on the basis of ‘Us knows us’ plays a central role in the neighborhood. This is expressed in conviviality, safety, maintaining the living environment together and caring for each other. But the ‘us knows us’ is also reflected in consciously dealing with nature, the environment and the landscape.
Municipality as director and source of information
The municipality acts as area director and keeps the rules of the game * up to date. On the other hand, the municipality has a very limited role in the design of the hamlet. This gives you and your local residents the freedom to design the construction of roads, public lighting, public greenery and the disposal of waste water as you see fit. This also applies to communal facilities such as a meeting space, food forest and playground. The municipality is installing a connection for drinking water and electricity in the vicinity of Aya. A gas connection is not installed. The municipality is also responsible for collecting household waste.
Everyone needs privacy and their own facilities, but it goes without saying that doing business together also offers many advantages. Shared facilities: a large room for meetings, guest room (s), childcare, office units, facilities for care, hairdresser, physiotherapy, but also a bicycle shed, charging points for electric car or bicycle, playground or a communal tool shed, etc. to think carefully about how you arrange the management and maintenance of the communal facilities together with your neighbors. For example, it can be useful to set up an Owners’ Association or to arrange matters in a cooperative context.
You can realize a common sustainable energy supply with your local residents. A number of interesting options at a glance:
– Realize a heat pump system (open system in groundwater). Using soil energy, you can comfortably heat and cool homes. This is an interesting system for at least 50 homes.
– A bio-fermentation installation can also provide the neighborhood with energy. This can be done, for example, by the fermentation of cuttings, prunings, chippings and other organic waste.
– One or more small wind turbines or solar panel fields on the edge of the hamlet, for example, can also be an important form of providing the hamlet with electricity. It goes without saying that you can also combine the energy facilities with each other or combine them with your own form of energy generation.
A neighborhood in green
Green is iconic and important for health. Greenery also contributes to the quality of life in the neighborhood. Many green structures in the form of hedgerows are already present in the neighborhood. You can use the hedgerows as a natural barrier. Expansion is of course also possible. Then choose species that naturally belong in the environment. These plants are stronger and therefore less susceptible to diseases and pests. They also provide a natural habitat for many small animals and birds.
A self-sufficient neighborhood
Self-sufficient living is making a real comeback. Growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs is not only fun, but also healthy and good for the environment. A shared garden is a nice place to meet, work together and relax. In addition, it can also be a place to harvest together! With a joint fruit or vegetable garden you always have fresh vegetables at hand. Maybe you can start a cooking and dining club with the neighbors right away?
Sustainably on the way
The choice of the type of pavement depends on what the road or path is used for:
– Concrete roads are durable and low maintenance and very suitable when there is a heavy load. The disadvantage of concrete is that it does not let rainwater through. Clinkers are a good alternative, but require more maintenance.
– For extensively used roadways and parking areas, paving materials such as porous clinkers, clinkers with open joints, grass concrete bricks, gravel and shells can be used. You can also apply sand, wood chips and debris (clean!).
– For bicycle paths it is possible to use concrete (elements) or shells.
The neighborhood well lit
Good lighting of the neighborhood is important to prevent unsafe situations. But it is also advisable to leave the area dark to unnecessarily disturb flora and fauna. When purchasing street lighting, it is wise to look at the amount of light that is needed at a particular time. The energy efficiency of the lighting is also important. Currently there is street lighting on the market with sensor technology. When the street is not busy, the lights are dimmed. If a pedestrian, cyclist or car comes into the street, the area is brightly lit. It is recommended to opt for energy-efficient LED lighting. This makes a big difference in energy costs. Habitat-friendly green LED lighting is also possible. This green version of LED has a less disruptive effect on flora and fauna.