Embracing the earth, tightly

 A turf house in Möðrudalur, Iceland, one of the inspirations for the proposed development.
A turf house in Möðrudalur, Iceland, one of the inspirations for the proposed development. Sergej Marsnjak

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Residents would power their homes with solar energy, grow their own vegetables, tend livestock, and flush their toilets with recycled water in an proposed Newburyport project that offers a vision of environmentally sustainable living.

The firm of Hall and Moskow plans to seek permits this fall for the townhouse-style rental development off Route 1. The green features would extend to nestling homes in a hillside to help insulate them from heat and cold, and a fleet of solar-and-pedal-powered vehicles that would be kept for resident use, according to David Hall, who is cogeneral partner of the firm with Keith Moskow.

“The development is strongly geared toward saving energy that is normally used in food, transportation, and housing, and also water conservation,” Hall said of the project. The preliminary plan calls for about 24 units – at least 20 percent of them affordable — in a cluster of three pods.

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