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VISION Meets Legend

When two of the fathers of the green building movement join forces with the nation’s leading green media company, the results are legendary…

Green Builder Media is proud to introduce the next exciting project in our VISION House® Series, located in the highly esteemed development of Armory Park del Sol in Tucson, AZ. The project will bring together iconic green builders John Wesley Miller and Ron Jones (Green Builder Media President) to assuredly achieve epic results.

To envisage the VISION House Tucson, imagine a world in which the average American family can affordably and comfortably live in a green home. The home is optimized for performance and includes the most efficient features, materials, and technologies available on the market, without sacrificing style or increasing the cost of ownership. The homeowner can rest assured that the home is safe, healthy, and durable, and that energy and maintenance costs will be much lower than a conventional home. The home is a part of an existing sustainable community that carefully addresses the specific ecological concerns of the surrounding natural environment and appropriately mirrors adjacent historical buildings.

We’re proud and honored to have the opportunity to work with acclaimed builder and solar pioneer John Wesley Miller, who built the Biosphere 2 at the University of Arizona and designed and constructed scores of award winning sustainable homes and buildings.

For more than a decade, Miller has been developing Armory Park del Sol, a nationally celebrated community in the heart of Tucson, offering attractive, net zero-energy homes to American families. The colorful community, comprised of more than ninety single-family homes, embodies sustainable development, embracing elements such as proper orientation, solar power generation, walking paths and parks, and proximity to amenities. On average, homeowners at Armory Park del Sol pay only $300 per year to heat and cool their homes. Additionally, Armory Park homes use less than half the water of a standard Tucson home.

Like all of our VISION House projects, the VISION House Tucson will highlight the fundamentals of green building and sustainable living, such as appropriate land use, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, material selection, and behavioral modification (including how daily lifestyle choices impact our environment, our health, and our economy.)

In our VISION House projects, we explore unique and innovative products, systems, and technologies from leading green manufacturers that are applying sustainable principles in their pursuit of a more responsible built environment. We’ll use some of the most innovative products available on the market today, such as smog-eating roof tile from Boral Roofing.

Stay tuned for more information about the VISION House Tucson over the next 6 months on our website, in the Vantage e-newsletter, and in the pages of Green Builder magazine. We’ll provide updates on the design and building process, interesting insight into the challenges and opportunities that we encounter, performance results, and exciting news from our partners and sponsors.

Want to get involved in the VISION House Tucson? Write to me at, follow me on Twitter @SaraGBM.

For more information about green building and sustainable living, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @greenbuildermag and @VISIONHouseGBM for regular updates and breaking news.

Posted: 10/4/2012 9:47:51 AM by Mary Kestner | with 1 comments

Riley Shirey
I am looking forward to seeing more about this wonderful development in creating a more sustainable building future
10/5/2012 2:18:28 PM

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