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Thermal Envelope Structure and Insulation :

Active Solar :

  • Domestic water heating
  • 3.4 Kw Photovoltaic array grid tied with excess electricity purchased by Tucson Electric Power resulting in near net zero energy use

Passive Solar :

  • North/south solar orientation - no major east or west facing windows
  • Large covered porch, trellised or tree shaded south facing windows
  • Direct solar gain minimized to prevent interfering with radiant floor

Heating/Cooling and Ventilation :

Hydronic radiant floor cooling & heating system with thermal mass of the entire finished concrete floor utilized as thermal storage & delivery medium providing & maintaining consistent indoor air temperatures without need of forced air movement that by its nature creates hot & cold drafts. A properly sized forced air system provides backup heating, cooling & dehumidification, IF needed. A separate whole house fresh air exchange ventilation system operates intermittently 24/7.

Green - Sustainable :

  • Full-roof rainwater collection (RWC) & gray-water recycling option
  • Whole-house water filtration for domestic use
  • Appliances & fixtures (plumbing & electric) have Energy Star or Water Sense rating (if, applicable)
  • Thermostatically & timer controlled recirculating pump for near instant hot water at master bathroom plumbing fixtures
  • Low VOC paints


Floor Plan Design :

  • Single story, 1935 sq. ft. of living area with 4 bedrooms (split bedroom plan), 2 bathrooms, spacious central great room with living, dining, kitchen and entry areas with large front & rear covered patios
  • Large shelved interior storage/linen closets (2 @ 6')
  • Master Br. suite w/ double-size walk-in closet & spacious bathroom
  • Simple future floor plan changes via no load-bearing interior walls
  • Laundry room with sink, cabinets and counter space
  • Two-car g-arport with garage door & large enclosed storage area
  • Gated front courtyard & rear yard masonry wall enclosure with drive gate for easy access for pool or studio addition
  • Prewired for security system and structured wiring

Features subject to change without notice as new energy efficient technologies become available and cost effective

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