New zero-energy housing in Valley hits market

Above: MZ Townhomes exterior Environment | 13 Mar, 2016 |

Arizona’s latest zero-energy housing, MZ Townhomes are now on the market in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.

As the first of four zero-energy housing projects to be unveiled by MODUS Development, the building features eight townhomes, each complete with a variety of innovative, earth-friendly features that allow for a completely sustainable environment.

“This is something that has yet to be accomplished in the industry,” said Ed Gorman, founder of MODUS Development. “To have multiple spaces that not only provide a modern, chic appeal and space-saving design but also utilize a variety of sustainable amenities to provide a net-zero energy consumption is quite the feat, and we’re proud to be the first to fulfill that need in the marketplace.”

Each of the spaces available for sale (starting at $449,900) within MZ Townhomes feature the following sustainable amenities:

  • Rooftop mounted solar panels
  • Cool roof technology, which provides additional insulation, waterproofing and a white elastomeric coating which reflects the suns harsh rays
  • Solar orientation (windows/doors all facing north and south)
  • Hybrid water heater whose heat pump technology absorbs the heat in ambient air and transfers it into water, resulting in savings of over 60%
  • Daylighting with floor to ceiling windows and recessed balconies
  • Heating ventilation and cooling system with 14 SEER heat pump
  • Energy recovery ventilator brings in continuous supply of fresh air while exhausting contaminated air, thus reducing load on air conditioner and saving on cooling costs
  • Automated thermostat and lighting controls allow for lower energy consumption and monitoring of energy usage in real time
  • PEX plumbing conserves energy by not transferring heat as readily as copper; makes direct run to each plumbing fixture
  • Icynene spray foam fills all exterior walls and ceilings to seal the building from air leaks and provide additional insulation and sound proofing

These features will also be a part of the next three zero-energy complexes that MODUS Development plans to unveil in the coming year; all focused on optimizing technology, location and design.

Equinox Apartments, created in partnership with Viridis Group, will be MODUS Development’s next zero-energy multi-family housing complex located on the Scottsdale greenbelt, which is set to open on March 20. This summer, a third zero-energy project will be completed near Granite Reef and McDowell Road in Scottsdale.

Last, the second phase of MZ Townhomes will break ground this fall. Details regarding all projects forthcoming.

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