How To Unlock Bird and Bee Haven in Cities: Skylines

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The Bird and Bee Haven is a level 1 unique building that is available only with the Cities: Skylines Green Cities DLC. To unlock it, you’ll need to achieve two things:

The Worthy Village milestone unlocks both the level 1 unique buildings menu, as well as the ability to create districts with self-sufficient specializations.

The Bird and Bee Haven provides 100 entertainment value and produces 25 noise pollution. It is a requirement for the Ultimate Recycling Plant monument.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on creating self-sufficient residential buildings to get your haven unlocked:

 

Step 1: Create a District

First, you’ll need to create a district.

Select Paint District from the Districts and Areas menu, then paint over the terrain where you want to build your self-sufficient homes.

 
Go to (1) Districts and Areas, and under the (2) Districts tab you’ll find the (3) Paint District tool / Cities: Skylines
Go to (1) Districts and Areas, and under the (2) Districts tab you’ll find the (3) Paint District tool.
 

Step 2: Assign the Self-Sufficient Buildings Specialization

Next, go to the Residential Specializations tab of the same menu, then select Self-Sufficient Buildings.

Then click on the district to assign that specialization to it.

 
The Self-Sufficient Buildings Specialization in the Residential Specializations tab / Cities: Skylines
The Self-Sufficient Buildings Specialization in the Residential Specializations tab.
 

A green house icon on the map indicates that the homes that will grow in that district will be self-sufficient.

 

Step 3: Zone Residential

Build the needed roads, water, and power facilities to supply that area. Then zone either low- or high-density residential there, depending on your preference.

As long as you have residential demand, the self-sufficient homes should start growing in that area soon.

 
You can hover over the silhouette of the Bird and Bee Haven in the unique buildings menu to see how many more squares to go / Cities: Skylines
You can hover over the silhouette of the Bird and Bee Haven in the unique buildings menu to see how many more squares to go.
 

Once it’s unlocked, you can build the Bird and Bee Haven for ₡30,000.

 

Optional: Applying Self-Sufficient Buildings Specialization to Existing Residential Buildings

Instead of building homes on empty land, you can instead choose to just create a district over existing buildings and apply the self-sufficient specialization to it.

However, the existing buildings will need to be torn down in order for self-sufficient homes to be built in their place, so you will experience a population drop when doing this.

 

Tips for Self-Sufficient Districts

Here are some tips for integrating self-sufficient districts into your build!

 

Tip #1: They’re more eco-friendly but pay less in tax

Self-sufficient buildings consume 30% less energy and produce less 30% less garbage compared to generic homes. The tradeoff, however, is they also pay 30% less in taxes.

So you may want to watch your budget as that can mean a pretty significant income drop, depending on your economy and how much of your city will become self-sufficient.

 

Tip #2: The squares don’t all have to be in the same district

You can have multiple districts spread out across your city, and have them all count towards your progress.

And since the self-sufficient buildings specialization can apply to both low- and high-density residences, you can use it in the suburbs as well as in urban centers.

 
A small cluster of high-density residential buildings with the self-sufficient specialization / Cities: Skylines
A small cluster of high-density residential buildings with the self-sufficient specialization.
 
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