Terramor Village: One of the Largest Sustainable Communities in the Country & A True Example in Sustainability
Terramor, a sustainable community in Orange County, is one of the largest sustainable communities in the country. Built on 4000 acres of land, Terramor boasts 1,260 residences in 12 distinctive neighborhoods.
Sustainable features include:
Energy Efficiency and Reduced Carbon Emissions - EnergyStar appliances, photovoltaic panels integrated into the roofing, electric vehicle charging in garages, Live-Work units to bring services to the community and reduce carbon emissions resulting from commuting, architectural shades, natural ventilation, low-voltage outdoor lighting.
Water Efficiency - Irrigation is controlled by a weather-responsive centrally-controlled irrigation system of rain gauges which contributes to reduced water consumption and utility costs for maintaining the common areas, utilization of greywater to irrigate the landscape, use of drip irrigation, low-flow water fixtures.
Renewable Materials - Cocoon® insulation, which consists of at least 80 percent recycled material and is fire retardant
Locally Sourced Materials
Recycling of Construction Waste - Terramor Village builders diverted between 66%-74% of their construction waste from landﬁlls, green waste or landscape clippings used as mulch
Air Quality - low VOC paints and coatings, formaldehyde free insulation and building materials
Landscaping - shade and tree canopies, drought tolerant plants, edible gardens with fruit bearing trees
Terramor's energy program was aimed at reducing energy by 20%, but in reality, a whopping 30% was realized. In addition, Terramor was designed to save water by 20%, and this goal has also been exceeded.
Check out the tour of this amazing development in the video above. Thanks to John Lehe from EDAW, the global design & planning firm who oversaw the building of this development, for giving us this tour.