tucson: Can the Arrival of the Monsoon Affect Your Homes Energy Efficiency? - 07/13/08 11:21 AM
The answer to the question is yes. The reasoning behind that answer takes some explaining.
 Monsoon Arrival
When the water content of the air increases by the arrival of the monsoon it brings vast quantities of moisture and an increase in the relative humidity. Our bodies are most comfortable in an environment where the relative humidity is 50% plus or minus 10%. In Tucson, AZ when the rains arrive, the relative humidity can climb above 60% making us feel clammy and hotter than the most comfortable level of 50% humidity. So, what happens to our bodies to make them feel hotter? One would … (3 comments)

tucson: Civano: Green Community Market Watch for July 2008 - 07/07/08 12:29 PM
Civano: Green Community Market Watch (edit/delete)
The Civano community in Tucson, AZ. is the first large, mainstream real estate development to integrate sustainability as a key characteristic of the community design. All of the green homes in this community are energy efficient rated. There are currently 101 homes on the market for the begining of July.
There were five home sold in Civano in the last six months. The homes sold were between $122,240 2 bedroom 3 bath 1356sq.ft. on a 1950 sq.ft. lot up to $179,500 3 bedroom, 3 baths, 1479 sq.ft. on a 2091 sq.ft. lot.
There are five home sales pending at this time with a price range between … (1 comments)

tucson: Armory Park del Sol: Home Sales Report: July 2008 - 07/07/08 11:45 AM
Armory Park del Sol: Home Sales Report (edit/delete)
Armory Park del Sol is a 99 home fully custom designed energy efficient solar community  just south of downtown Tucson, AZ. There are currently 7 energy efficient homes on the market.

There was 1 home sold in Armory Park del Sol in May of 2008. It was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1468sq.ft. on a 3760sq.ft. lot. This home sold for $479,000. Previous to May one home sold in Nov. of 2007 for $350,000. It was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1146sq.ft. on a 4300sq.ft. lot.
Currently, there are no pending sales.  There are 7 active listings, each unique in … (0 comments)

tucson: Tucson Solar Potluck This Saturday April 26th - 04/24/08 11:55 AM
This Saturday, April 26, 10AM to 5PM, the 24th annual Tucson Solar Potluck will be held at Catalina state park just 10 miles NW of Tucson, AZ. The event will feature solar demonstrations with musical entertainment and an evening meal all provided by energy from the sun.
Over 50 solar ovens are expected to produce the free evening meal with dishes such as pot roast, chile, turkey, and cakes and cookies for desert. The dinner is expected to start at 5PM and anyone with a solar oven is invited to bring a dish and participate in the celebration of the sun.
"Citizens … (2 comments)

tucson: Veranda at Ventana: Tucson Condominium Lifestlye - 04/19/08 01:00 AM
Veranda at Ventana condominiums is located in the northeast section of Tucson, AZ. Nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, one mile from beautiful Sabino Canyon recreational area, Veranda at Ventana is uniquely located to many outdoor attractions. Within a short drive are Saguaro National Park, Colossal Cave, Catalina State Park, Mt Lemon Recreation Area, and Tucson Mountain Park.
There are many community amenities such as two swimming pools, two spas, a fitness center and outdoor ramadas and BBQs. For indoor activities there is a Clubhouse with a game room, meeting area and a bar.
Residences vary in size from 1 … (0 comments)

tucson: Dove Mountain: Luxury Living in the Sonoran Desert - 04/18/08 07:20 PM
Dove Mountain is a luxury golf resort master planned community located in the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson, AZ.  The low density community covers an area of almost nine square mile with one third of the land committed to open space. Each of the five residential communities, The Preserve, The Gallery Properties, Canyon Pass, The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, and Saguaro Forest are unique in design and location within the Dove Mountain Plan.
The Preserve is the first community encountered at the entrance with an elevation of 2700 feet and 650 homesites starting in the high $300k price range.
 The … (0 comments)

tucson: Civano: Green Community Market Watch - 04/18/08 04:05 PM
The Civano community in Tucson, AZ. is the first large, mainstream real estate development to integrate sustainability as a key characteristic of the community design. All of the green homes in this community are energy efficient rated. There are currently 33 homes on the market.
There was one home sold in Civano in March. The home sold for $309,900. It was a 2 bedroom, 2 baths, 1670sq.ft. on a 6883sq.ft. lot. There is only one home sale pending at this time with a price of $300k at 2052 sq.ft. with a lot size of 5904 sq.ft.
In the last six months 17 homes have sold in the … (0 comments)

tucson: Indigo Modern: Tucson,az. Contemporary Energy Efficient homes - 04/17/08 10:04 PM
Indigo Modern is a sustainable energy efficient community with a loft like design that merges metropolitan living with practicable green home features. Indigo Modern's design is ahead of its time bring futuristic design features into the present Sonoran Desert lifestyle. These homes are energy efficient rated by Tucson Electric Power for a utility cost of no more than $1.42 per day.
There are several units available at this writing. The homes are all 2 story 1800sq.ft 3 bedroom 2 bath. The cost of each unit varies according to the optional features.

 
If you would like more information on the indigo … (1 comments)

tucson: Indigo Modern: A Tucson, AZ. Sustainable Energy Efficient Residential Community - 04/17/08 07:18 PM
Indigo Modern is a sustainable energy efficient community with a loft like design that merges metropolitan living with practicable green home features. The community is centrally located on the 3rd street bike path just one and a half miles from the University of Arizona. Shopping, entertainment, and restaurants are all within a few blocks.
Energy efficient features include recycled construction materials, low e-windows with shading, low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints, bamboo flooring, and rainwater harvesting tanks for each residence. Additionally, each home is pre-wired for Internet connection, solar electricity and pre-plumed for solar hot water. The exterior of the units … (0 comments)

tucson: Stone Curves CoHousing: Energy Efficient Communal Living - 04/17/08 02:14 PM
Stone Curves is one of three family oriented energy efficient cohousing communities in Tucson, AZ. This community is located in north central Tucson within walking distance to many amenities. The Tucson Mall is just two blocks away. Sam's club and the north central bus terminal are also two blocks north. Wal-Mart is located three blocks east. There are many restaurants such as Mimi's, Marie Calendar, Applebee's and the regular fast foods of MacDonald's, Arby's, and Taco Bell. On stone avenues the bus line runs directly to downtown which is roughly a 20 minute ride.
The community center Common House offers many … (0 comments)

tucson: Civano: Energy Efficient Community of the 21st Century - 04/16/08 08:49 PM
Civano 1 is the first phase of the Civano residential community. Tucson's Civano community is the first large, mainstream real estate development to integrate sustainability as a key characteristic of the community design. All homes at Civano are built to the Sustainable Energy Standard which requires homes to use 50% less energy than standard built homes under the International Energy Conservation Code IECC. The Sustainable Energy Standard is the local City of Tucson and Pima County Building Code applied to the community. In fact many of the homes in the community are U.S. Department of Energy Energy Star® rated homes.
An … (0 comments)

tucson: Coyote Creek: Home Sales Report - 04/11/08 12:33 PM
Coyote Creek is a green environmentally sensitive master planned community offering 365 custom homes east of Tucson in the Rincon Valley. There are currently 19 homes on the market.
There were no home sales in Coyote Creek in March. The last home sold in Dec. of 2007 for $785,000. It was a 4 bedroom, 3 baths, 3308sq.ft. on a 1.73 acre. lot. Currently, there is 1 pending sale.  There are 19 active listings, each unique in its own design and ranging in price from $588,000 for a 4 bedroom 4bath 3618sq.ft. home on a 105851sq.ft. lot to a $1,495,000  home with 4 bedrooms 5 baths at 4500sq.ft. on a 3.41 acre lot. This home sits adjacent to state … (0 comments)

tucson: Armory Park del Sol: Home Sales Report - 04/11/08 11:17 AM
Armory Park del Sol is a fully custom designed energy efficient solar community with 99 homes just south of downtown Tucson. There are currently 7 homes on the market.

There were no sales in Armory Park del Sol in March. The last home sold in Nov. of 2007 for $350,000. It was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1100sq.ft. on a 4300sq.ft. lot. Currently, there are no pending sales.  There are 7 active listings, each unique in its own design and ranging in price from $299,000 for a 3 bedroom 2 bath 1344sq.ft. home on a 3828sq.ft. lot to a $879,000  Net Zero Energy Home (NZEH) … (0 comments)

tucson: Armory Park del Sol: Zero Energy Home - 04/10/08 01:35 PM
The Zero Energy Home (ZEH) concept as developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) consists of two major parts. The first is to reduce the home's need for heating and cooling, hot water, and electrical appliance costs through energy efficient measures. These measures can be achieved through tightly sealing the outer wall envelope of the home, preventing any leakage in the air duct system, installing high energy efficient HVAC units, utilizing Energy Star® rated appliances and using a high efficiency lighting system supplemented with Daylighting techniques. Any product or system that contributes to energy savings will fulfill this criteria.
The second … (0 comments)

tucson: Armory Park del Sol: Sustainable Green Community in Tucson, AZ. - 04/09/08 03:02 PM
Armory Park del Sol is a sustainable green home residential community located just south of downtown Tucson, AZ. The community reflects the historic Presidio architecture of the original homes in this neighborhood.  The Armory Park neighborhood design is patterned after the Presidio of San Augustin del Tucson which was built in 1775 by the Spanish empire to protect its holdings in this part of the new world.
The homes in Armory Park del Sol are built with sustainable energy efficient and environmental features which lower their carbon footprint by using less electricity and providing a higher indoor air quality. All of the homes … (1 comments)

tucson: Coyote Creek: contempory metropolitian living in the high Sonoran Desert - 04/09/08 03:05 AM
Coyote Creek is an environmentally sensitive master planned residential community nestled on the outskirts of Tucson, AZ. in the beautiful Rincon Valley. The community is surrounded on three sides by the Coronado National Forest with Rincon Peak standing sentinel over the pristine Sonoran desert. The NW border of the community is adjacent to Saguaro National Park, east monument and a short 10 minute drive puts you at the entrance to the park.
The community consists of only 395 homesites on almost 1000 acres with 75% of the property preserved as open space. Many of the homes are built with a sustainable energy efficient green design with a … (0 comments)

 
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