Just outside of Amsterdam, a fantastic residential green building project is being developed. Titled ReGen Village, the town will be entirely self-sufficient in growing its own food, producing its own electricity, and even managing its own waste all in one environmentally friendly loop. Indoor gardens, outside gardens, solar panel energy, and recycled compost are not just a part of daily life in ReGen Village, they are responsible for it.
Think about it. Literally any and all household waste that can be composted will be, and it will go on to nourish livestock or soldier flies, which will then go on to feed fish, whose waste will cultivate an in-house aquatic ecosystem that helps to grow fruit and vegetables. As for the livestock’s waste, it will nourish seasonal gardens that are located throughout the neighborhood.
You may be wondering what happens to the non-compostable household waste. Well, the town will have/does have a biogas plant that converts any non-compostable household waste into power and water. Just as well, a water storage system acts in conjunction with the biogas plant to round up rainwater and gray water, and it then distributes that collection of water to ReGen’s seasonal gardens and aquaponic system.
While, on the surface, it may seem unrealistic to grow enough food for all the people in the neighborhood on such little land, the fact is that ReGen Village has sidestepped this potential issue by utilizing the most cutting-edge agricultural practices. Between aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and even high-yield organic farming, the renewable town will grow far, far more food than traditional farms on a similar parcel of land. For context, aquaponics alone produces literally ten times as much produce as fruit grown on land, with an astounding 90% less water (despite what the name may superficially imply).
And that’s just food. The residential community will also create its own energy by making good use of a multitude of alternative energy sources like geothermal, solar, solar thermal, wind, and biomass. By implementing what’s known as a smart grid, the town will be able to distribute said energy as efficiently as is currently possible.
Perhaps the most interesting part to ReGen as a whole is its future. Looking to install these environmentally-friendly communities across the planet, James Ehrlich (the CEO of ReGen) claims “We’re really looking at a global scale. We are redefining residential real estate development by creating these regenerative neighborhoods, looking at first these green-filled pieces of farmland where we can produce more organic food, more clean water, more clean energy, and mitigate more waste that if we just left that land to grow organic food or do permaculture there.”
While this is just the first village, it does seem that there could be an incredible market for the eco-friendly residential communities. I can only imagine what the future holds.