Tucson Metropolitan Chamber News

The City of Tucson will use Pepper Viner/BASF’s new High Performance Home in Civano North Ridge as a demonstration site for the Residential Gray Water Ordinance. The ordinance, which will take effect on June 1, 2010, requires the installation of gray water “stub-outs” in new residential construction.

Pepper Viner Homes and BASF partnered to build the High-Performance home which includes a number of water efficiency features and is 81% more energy efficient than the typical new home. “This is a home that is remarkably close to being a net zero home,” said Bill Viner, CEO. The house was built with Structural Insulated Panels with BASF Styropor®, SIPS. The concrete foundation is made with 40% recycled fly ash. Attention to indoor air quality and green products were given throughout the home.

Water savings were incorporated into the home with both active and passive water collection system, a gray water system, dual flush toilets and the use of water conserving lavatory faucets and showerheads. “The landscaping includes bioswales or water collection areas that help water plants. There is a rain harvesting system to reduce the use of potable water for watering plants and the gray water system delivers directly to the roots of the trees,” explained Viner.

Tucson Water will provide brochures and signs explaining how the gray water system was designed and is being used for irrigation.

Ward IV Councilwoman Shirley Scott will be at the grand opening of the Pepper Viner/BASF High Performance Home on Saturday, October 17. She will join keynote speaker U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords at the grand opening and ribbon cutting which starts at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held in connection with the 10th Anniversary of Civano, a community designed with many elements of sustainability. To reach Civano North Ridge, take Houghton Road south of Irvington Road to Civano Boulevard, turn east to Sixto Molina Lane and follow the signs.

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