BANGOR, MAINE -- 08/18/2016 - One of three energy-efficient homes can be seen on Aug. 18 on Fern Street in Bangor. Bob and Suzanne Kelly, building renovators, are developing a "green pocket neighborhood" on the site of an old dry-cleaning facility.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Courtesy Bangor Ecohomes BANGOR, MAINE -- 08/18/2016 - One of three energy-efficient homes can be seen on Aug. 18 on Fern Street in Bangor. Bob and Suzanne Kelly, building renovators, are developing a "green pocket neighborhood" on the site of an old dry-cleaning facility. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Bangor EcoHomes, a small but ambitious sustainable-living project developed by husband-and-wife team Bob and Suzanne Kelly, have entered the single-family home market, aiming to attract like-minded buyers to their new mini-development.

“We’re calling it a green pocket neighborhood,” Suzanne Kelly told the Bangor Daily News. “It’s open to people of all ages, but it’s ideal for elders in many ways.” On the site of a former commercial laundry and dry cleaning plant, the Kellys have built three custom designed, super energy-efficient houses and plan to build three more.

These homes are different from the others on Fern Street. Their exterior walls are 16 inches thick and filled with rockwool and cellulose. The windows are triple-glazed and seal as tightly as a refrigerator door. Banks of solar cells cover the south-facing slopes of the roofs. The landscaping trends toward edible permaculture, boasting raised vegetable beds, native fruit trees and berry bushes instead of grassy lawns and flowering shrubs.

All for good reason. The Bangor area normally suffers weeks of sub-zero weather in winter.

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