- Neighborhoods are among the most promising solutions to many of today's most challenging social and environmental concerns.
- Communities balance the traditional advantages of home ownership with the benefits of shared common facilities and ongoing connections with neighbors.
- Homes are smaller, attached and/or clustered, taking up less land, reducing the negative environmental impact of development, and preserving more land for natural vegetation, wildlife, and recreation. The homes, often private residences, have the features of conventional homes (kitchen, living-dining room, bedrooms), but with access to common facilities and space.
- Neighbors gather at a Common House for some meals and activities, which helps make houses have a smaller carbon footprint by sharing space, thus using fewer resources to build, maintain, and heat.
What is Cohousing?
Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing that attempts to overcome the alienation of modern subdivisions where few people really get to know their neighbors.
Cohousers are united by a mutual desire to live an environmentally-sound lifestyle and enjoy a cooperative, inter-generational neighborhood.
They value energy-efficient and resource-conserving design, good architecture, and natural beauty.
Cohousers do not necessarily have a common political or religious philosophy, nor do they share finances.
Governance - how decisions are made - is almost always by consensus. Consensus decision-making is both making community agreements and the process for doing so.
This type of housing began in Denmark in the late 1960s, and spread to North America in the late 1980s. There are now more than a hundred cohousing communities completed or in development across the United States and Canada. Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm is the first eco-friendly cohousing community in New Hampshire and is regionally recognized for its vision.
For more about cohousing go to Cohousing Association of the U.S.