The Garden Atriums are one of the foremost energy efficient and eco-friendly residential communities in the country incorporating a variety of energy saving measures into every house.
- A passive solar system
soaks up incoming sunlight from the atrium, stores it, and continuously
distributes it throughout the entire house.
- Solar cells (photovoltaic)
on the exterior of each house generate electricity to meet virtually all
of the house's energy needs year round.
- The glass roof includes
a special coating that helps keep the house cool in the warmer months, while
extensive insulation in the walls and ceilings hold on to the heat in the
winter. For much
of the year, in fact, each house actually generates more power than it uses.
- The Garden Atriums also include their own irrigation systems, using "rainwater harvesting" to supply virtually all of the water for the houses, their individual gardens, and the private park.