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JOSH EDMONDS’ 45 DELAWARE: He’s Built The Future; Cooperstown House Efficient, Affordable

JOSH EDMONDS’ 45 DELAWARE

He’s Built The Future

Cooperstown House 

Efficient, Affordable

Josh Edmonds, right, a partner in the Simple Integrity construction company, pauses with members of his team, Norm Farwell, Morris, left, and Tanner Ray, Edmeston, in front of 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown. Edmonds expects the structure, now completed, to be certified by the Passive House Institute. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Josh Edmonds has ideas and, at 31, time to implement them.

COOPERSTOWN – Josh Edmonds has built the future at 45 Delaware St.

• POINT ONE: A partner in the Simple Integrity construction firm, Edmonds has been paying $4,000 a year to heat his home in Springfield Center.  The 2,600-square-foot house he’s just finished building at 45 Delaware will cost $254 a year to heat.

“That’s a pretty substantial difference,” Edmonds said in a recent interview: $4,000 vs. $254.

A home like the one he’s just completed – it’s on target to be certified by the Passive House Institute, the international gold standard – costs 3 percent more to build than a standard house.

Simple Integrity Plans Net-Zero Apartments: 2 Stories, 12 Units On Chestnut Street

Simple Integrity Plans

Net-Zero Apartments

2 Stories, 12 Units On Chestnut Street

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com

Josh Edmonds, principal in Simple Integrity builders, briefs the Cooperstown Village Board last evening on a net-zero 12-apartment building he is planning at 10 Chestnut St. in the village, next to the Inn at Cooperstown. “The village needs long-term rentals,” he told trustees at their monthly meeting. “And I see a need for more energy.” He was advised to take the plans to the Historical Preservation & Architectural Review Board (H-PARB) and the Planning Board. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – For Josh Edmonds, the lot at 10 Chestnut St. represents a chance to solve two problems in the village – adding housing and reducing energy consumption.

“The village needs long-term rentals,” he said. “And I see a need for more energy-efficient construction.”

Edmonds, a passive-house consultant through, Simple Integrity, his contracting company, has proposed a two-story, 12-unit building on the lot at 10 Chestnut St, next to the Inn at Cooperstown.

At the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, May 28, Edmonds revealed details about the proposed project:  12 two-bedroom units, with the six apartments on the first floor designated as handicap-accessible. There will also be 24 parking spaces.

12 Net-Zero Apartments Planned On Chestnut St.

 EDMONDS BRIEFS TRUSTEES ON ‘THE GROVE’

12 Net-Zero Apartments

Planned On Chestnut St.

Josh Edmonds, principal in Simple Integrity builders, briefs the Cooperstown Village Board last evening on “The Grove,” a net-zero 12-apartment building he is planning at 10 Chestnut St. in the village, next to the Inn at Cooperstown. “The village needs long-term rentals,” he told trustees at their monthly meeting Tuesday. “And I see a need for more energy-efficient construction.” He was advised to take the plans to the Historical Preservation & Architectural Review Board (H-PARB) and the Planning Board.  Facing the camera are, from left, Trustees Jim Membrino, MacGuire Benton and Jeanne Dewey; with back to camera are Trustees Jim Dean, left, and Richard Sternberg.  (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

DETAILS IN FREEMAN’S & HOMETOWN,

ON NEWSSTANDS THIS AFTERNOON

1st New Cooperstown Home In Years Being Constructed

1st New Cooperstown Home

In Years Being Constructed

Josh Edmonds’ Simple Integrity contractors this week began construction of a new home at 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown. It is the first single-family home built in the village in years, perhaps since Robin and Fred Schneider bought the Landmark Inn and built a home for themselves behind it. The farmhouse on the property was demolished in September 2017. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Historical Farmhouse Razed In Cooperstown Neighborhood

Historical Farmhouse Razed

In Cooperstown Neighborhood

The proprietor of Scott Ubner Excavating of Fly Creek demolishes the 19th century farmhouse at the end of Cooperstown’s Delaware Street today, where Josh Edmonds of Simple Integrity contractors plans to erect a new house. The village Zoning Board of Appeals required Edmonds, who razed another house two years ago on nearby Walnut Street, to find an independent consultant to prove the building was unsalvagable before allowing the demolition to go forward.   The property – as are all properties around Otsego Lake – is in the Glimmerglass National Historic District. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Work Underway To Double Size Of Springfield Library

Work Underway To Double

Size Of Springfield Library

Springfield Library Association Librarian Echo Weller, left, and Josh Edmonds of Simple Integrity LLC discuss construction that began Jan. 9 that will doubled the size of the library in the Springfield Community Center.   The expansion was funded by a state Construction Aid Grant.  (Maureen Culbert photo)
It May Look Like A Demolition, But …

It May Look Like A Demolition, But …

Drive by 8 Walnut St., Cooperstown, and what's going on may look like a demolition. Actually, said Josh Edmonds, partner in Simple Integrity, the contracting firm, what's actually going on is an extensive renovation. When complete, the home will be the most energy efficient in the village, he said. The owner of the property is Peter Regan. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Drive by 8 Walnut St., Cooperstown, and what’s going on may look like a demolition. Actually, said Josh Edmonds, partner in Simple Integrity, the contracting firm, what’s actually going on is an extensive renovation. When complete, the home will be the most energy efficient in the village, he said. The owner of the property is Peter Regan. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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