Water and resource conservation is a key tenet of the Mariposa Meadows project, mirroring what is going on in the greater building industry. As more areas grapple with water shortages, new technologies and practices evolve to help minimize water use and reuse water where possible. The Meadows has its own source of fresh water, but being good stewards of this precious resource means using low-flow fixtures, rainwater catchment, efficient wastewater treatment, and other water saving practices.
“There is a growing awareness that rainwater harvesting is at least a partial solution for potable, nonpotable, stormwater, and energy challenges. National, state, and local jurisdictions are developing legislation, codes, and ordinances that encourage the practice,” says John Hammerstrom, president of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA). Image: Fiskars Rain Barrel
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Here are the eco-landmarks we navigate by as we create this sustainable enclave.
|Energy Efficiency Off-the-grid living demands the ultimate in energy-efficient products. Here’s what we picked.|
|Renewables Dependence on petroleum is dead; instead, we use these easy-on-the-environment technologies.|
|Water and Resource Conservation Natural resources are finite. Here are the techniques and products we use to reduce, reuse, and recycle.|
|Indoor Air Quality Healthy buildings mean healthy people. We spec’d products that make the indoors as fresh as the meadow air surrounding us.|
|Smart Technology We harness smart tech that will make life simpler and help us be more sustainable.|
|Durability See which building science practices and green products hold up to the harsh realities of high-altitude living.|
|Resilient Housing Disaster can strike anywhere. Techniques and products can help buffer buildings from these assaults.|
|Multifunctional Living Spaces We designed spaces that morph and accommodate more than one function.|
|Onsite Food Production Fresh food grown on site is the healthiest and most green way to go (not to mention tastiest!) Here are some notes from the high-altitude larder.|
|Indoor/Outdoor Living New products and design conceits blur the lines between shelter and the soul-healing outdoors.|
|Wildlife Protection Wildlife conservation means protecting all plant and animal species and their habitats so nature will be around for future generations to enjoy. Here’s how we address this important concept.|