2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 41 housing photos: above, Monterey homes; Right, Power ranch by Andrea Markowitz T he Valley of the Sun is ripening with green homes. Foresighted architects, developers and builders are stepping up to the challenges of keeping our air clean, water supplies plentiful and living environments healthy by incorporating eco- friendly design principles and energy-saving features. Green architecture begins with efficiency- driven design that allows heating and cooling in less space without sacrificing livability. Efficiency- driven design " We don't build big boxes," said Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities president Rick Andreen, referring to Shea's eco- friendly Vistancia and Encan-terra Trilogy in the Valley communities of Peoria and Queen Creek. " Our floor plans allow the space to be smaller but more livable. Some rooms are used in multiple ways." The result is anything but boring. " It's more thoughtful architecture because it defines the way we live," Andreen said. That idea certainly holds true for the Galleries at Turney, a cozy Biltmore enclave of eight detached 2,000- square-foot condominiums in central Phoenix. Its name reflects the developer's vision that the units' high- ceilinged museum-like entrances appeal to art collectors. Of the many green features built into the Galleries at Turney, it's still the efficient floor plan that first attracts buyers. " The design is real livable with lots of flexibility to accommodate everyone from bachelors to families with kids," said project manager Jonah Busick, whose architectural firm designed the homes for Modus Development. Greener outer spaces The relationship between efficiency and livability is equally important when designing eco- friendly landscaping. Designed to reflect the agricultural roots of the Southeast Valley, Power Ranch in Gilbert has more than 200 acres of verdant open space. To conserve water, Power Ranch uses reclaimed water from the town of Gilbert, and a computerized irrigation system controls water that comes through sprinklers and drips by measuring wind, rain and temperature. How Green is Our Valley? New homebuilders make homes more eco- friendy, energy efficient and comfortable If you go For more information about eco- friendly and energy-saving features in these new homes, visit or contact: Cabrillo Point Pulte Homes South of Bell Road on Grandview Peoria 623- 466- 0149 www. pulte. com Encanterra, A Trilogy Country Club Shea Homes 1035 East Combs Road Queen Creek 800- 685- 6494 www. encanterra. com Trilogy at Vistancia 27980 N. Trilogy Blvd. Ste E101 Peoria 800- 685- 6494 www. trilogylife. com The Galleries at Turney Modus Development 3219 E. Camelback Rd., # 291 Phoenix 602- 421- 2221 www. modusdev. com
42 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE Proud member of Rotary International. Please join us and help our communities in need by making a a donation to a west valley food bank or a food bank near you. CENTRAL/ WEST PHOENIX Real Estate Advisors Your Safari Home Tour Team ( 623) 249- 5523 www. SafariHomeGroup. com Year- round outdoor living is just one of the appeals of the Valley of the Sun. photo: POWER RANCH " We're not overwatering and wast-ing water, and we're not under- watering and making plants suffer," said property manager Bill Jernigan. Power Ranch was designed to reduce carbon emissions, too. The community encompasses 11 neighborhoods connected by trails that branch from a central park. Every park has amenities including sports fields, barbecue areas and a clubhouse. " We created a very pedestrian- and bike- friendly community so people wouldn't need automobiles to access these amenities," said Sean Walters, vice president of Sunbelt Holdings and project manager of Power Ranch. Pulte Home's new Cabrillo Point offers trails and playgrounds in urban Peoria. " The homes are in an intimate community in a hustling, bustling location," said Chris Kelly, Pulte's vice president of operations. " They provide privacy and tie into Pulte's certified green program because they're within walking distance or a short drive to dining, entertainment and shopping." Cabrillo Point's environmentally responsible landscaping features salvaged native and low- water plants maintained by a computerized irrigation system. It has a resilient playground surface manufactured with 100 percent recycled rubber. Greener indoors Inside the home, green builders use products such as wood from certified sustainable forests and recycled bamboo floors and carpets to preserve natural resources and reduce toxicity. " People like to know that the builder is environmentally responsible about the materials that go into the house itself," said Andreen, whose Trilogy homes are manufactured according to Shea's new Green Certified program standards. Environmentally responsible building materials perform just as well and often better than their non- green counterparts, he said. Take cellulose insulation made from recycled newspapers. " It's not only nontoxic, but it's more effective at retarding fire, muffling noise and stopping air filtration than foam insulation," Andreen said. Eco- friendly technology ensures that the home's energy- saving features are performing as they should to keep the occupants comfortable. Trilogy homes have solar- powered attic vents to prevent attic temperatures from rising above outdoor temperatures. Cabrillo Point homes include sensors that prevent room temperatures from deviating more than three degrees between one room and the next. " The more we educate buyers on what's green and energy efficient, the more it helps promote green communities going forward," said Sean Terrell, Pulte's director of purchasing. Kelly added, " It's our responsibility to demonstrate not only the social benefit of a cleaner environment, but also that there's actually a proven lower home operating cost for the home buyer.