Every home at Las Casas Verdes is designed for its site, and each has a solar system that is sized and aligned for maximum gain.
The homes use finger-jointed wood stud walls and foam insulation. The 3-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, along with features such as the solar water heating and high-SEER multi-zone HVAC system, results in electric bills as low as $4 per month.
Deep roof overhangs, awnings, and porches help block direct sun exposure, which reduce heat load and keep the house cooler.
Double-height interiors, polished concrete floors, and energy-efficient appliances highlight the kitchens and dining spaces.
To promote healthy interiors, the builder used low- and no-VOC paints and green and recycled building materials.
A reflective light well over the staircase brings abundant light into the interiors and automatic light switches help save energy.