By year’s end, Arizona will have its fifth Net Zero Energy (NZE) multi-unit housing development. This is quite the feat, considering just last year Arizona-based MODUS Development built the very first of its kind in the state, which was also among the first in the nation.
For those unfamiliar with this type of build – one that will be a requirement for all community residences in some states by the year 2020 – a building is NZE when the total amount of energy it uses in one year is equivalent to the amount of renewable energy it creates on site.
“Creating multi-family NZE housing was considered the unicorn of eco-friendly living; something that couldn’t be done and didn’t exist,” said Ed Gorman, founder of MODUS Development.
With his proprietary formula in hand, Gorman defied the odds when he built MZ Townhomes in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2016, followed by Equinox Apartments, also in Scottsdale. He now has three more projects in the works for 2017.
Eclipse is the first project to be unveiled this year – named after its architecturally unique shape – and is currently being built on 1.4 acres located on the southeast corner of McDowell and Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. This 20-unit luxury townhome residential community is expected to be completed by fourth quarter and will feature three tri-story buildings with townhomes ranging in size from 1,811 to 2,065 square feet, each with a two-car garage, two bedrooms, two baths, a third guest bedroom option and a community pool. Home prices will start at $399,000 and be adjusted for view premiums, upgrades and size.
“It is my goal with each project to not only accomplish the build out at the same cost as non-NZE communities, but to also create a more earth-friendly (and budget-friendly) way to live without sacrificing style and comfort,” said Gorman. This is something he accomplishes by bringing in a team of experts – from architects, contractors and interior designers, to brand names like Bosch and Tesla to streamline the inner workings of each home.
MODUS Development’s fourth project, which has already broken ground, is in bustling downtown Tempe just two blocks from Mill Avenue. The Roosevelt will be an urban community featuring 32 three-story residences, each including more than 1,800 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two baths, large recessed windows, decks and two-car garages.
The fifth project on the horizon for Gorman will be a continuation of his first nationally acclaimed project, MZ Townhomes in Scottsdale, located just one block east of the Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road intersection. The new community will feature 11 townhomes within two three-story buildings ranging in size from 1,313 to 2,171 square feet with both one and two-bedroom units with one and two-car garages, respectively.
“MZ’s second phase will differ quite a bit by featuring large balconies, private ground-floor patios, plus a heated community pool and spa with barbecue,” said Gorman. Construction is set to begin this summer with a planned completion date within the first quarter of 2018.
Could community living in Arizona become NZE by 2020? It may not be a state requirement, but Gorman is building the foundation for a much greener future in Arizona.