A Sustainable Way Of Living
Good land-use planning shapes neighborhoods into healthier, more efficient spaces for generations. That’s why we started this project by noting all facets of our naturally sloping, rocky landscape: its water sources as well as the surrounding air, soil, light and trees. Then we brought as much of the outdoors inside as possible. We focused on designing quality views and daylighting to curb energy use. We positioned buildings next to multi-use trails. And we installed 192 solar panels that will provide an estimated 78,000 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity for Quarry Town each year. That’s a carbon footprint reduction equivalent to planting more than 1,500 trees!
Preserving The Land & Recycling Materials
We chose to use sustainable materials for interior features like our locally quarried Phenix Marble countertops, recycled walnut lounge mantle and shagbark hickory bench. Recycled wood came from hickory, walnut and oak trees harvested during construction. Now they live on as coffee tables, end tables and other furnishings. And we mindfully chose materials made of low-emitting volatile organic compounds (VOC) for all our other finishes.
Protecting Waters and the Floodplain
A watershed receives and collects precipitation in a stream system. Our community’s small watershed drains into the James River and eventually Table Rock Lake. Development and land uses like ours can affect these pathways by altering surface runoff and groundwater infiltration. That’s why we made sure to take care of and improve our water resources while building in Galloway.
Galloway Creek is a 5-mile long tributary creek near our property that flows southeast and runs parallel to the railroad tracks. It meanders through Sequiota Park and by historic Sequiota Cave, near restaurants and shops of old Galloway Village, past art sculptures and along the Galloway Creek Greenway. Follow its flow on foot or gliding down the greenway on your bike.