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DESIGN

 The design of the building itself is 

very architecturally unique. The gated community offers a 
total of 20 units, 14 of which are wedge-shaped and pieced 
together to create a circle. In addition, there are six, three-
bedroom rectangular “loft” units that are designed to give 
spectacular views in both directions, with the oasis pool 
to the south and the McDowell Mountains to the north. 

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 The south side of the homes has 21-foot glass walls, 

with a six-foot overhang. The large window walls were 
strategically placed to allow for less artificial lighting and 
air conditioning, and are modeled to look like structures 
in Newport Beach. 

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 “By focusing inward, we have lots 

of glass for natural daylight,” says Ed Gorman, President 
of MODUS. “Most people try to minimize glass for less 
heat gain, but we defy their logic by having a lot of glass, 
because if you face the right direction and have the right 
overhang, then it’s very efficient.”

TECHNOLOGY

 Eclipse will be 

equipped with cutting edge technology such as Google 
integration automation, electrical control, cameras and 
outdoor sprinklers. The virtual assistant tool can be synced 
with residents’ phones and perform tasks such as play their 
favorite music when they walk in the door or automatically 
adjust the temperature. 

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 “The green technology is not a 

gimmick – it’s the core of this project and makes it a better 
home with higher quality and a better living experience,” 
Loeffler says.

SUSTAINABILITY

 The building 

has infused all ENERGY STAR requirements. It has high-
performance windows that block out heat and sound, 
WaterSense faucets and shower heads, rain gardens to 
recycle water, sensors that test the moisture in the ground 
so that plants don’t get over-watered, and Palo Verde trees 
so that no water needs to be wasted for irrigation. 

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 “Our 

spray foam may cost more, but we use more modern heating 
and cooling equipment, which in turn saves us money and 
allows us to implement other sustainable technology,” 
Gorman says. “I call it a ‘Rubik’s cube.’ You give a little and 
take another, rather than people taking traditional design 
and adding everything on down the road.” 

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 Gorman says 

that the biggest challenge is working with utility companies 
that don’t want to help with solar incentives as they once 
did and with energy prices continuously rising; gradually 
companies will be prompted to move off-grid. 

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 “We have 

the most sun in the country, yet they’re trying to deter us 
from using solar,” he says. “So, we’re working ways around 
that. We’ll just keep all the power on-site and won’t need 
utility companies.”

FUTURE

 In an industry that is shy on 

innovation, the two companies are ahead in the game. As 
MODUS is a mid-sized company with a background in 
technology, it is very nimble in terms of modernization and 
originality. 

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 “The technology is cutting edge and won’t go 

away in five to 10 years; it has a style and presence,” says 
Roy Bade, Executive Vice President and Fund Manager of 
Caliber. “The community is highly supporting it and it has 
a high return. It’s really a win-win-win.” 

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 The timeless 

townhomes are being built at just the current market rate, 
yet it offers net zero energy and automation technology, 
because it is all being designed from scratch. 

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 “We’re 

finding consumers are demanding it and, in places like 
California, they’re mandating it, which is what I was saying 
a decade ago,” Gorman says. “By 2020, all new residential 
buildings in California will be required to be net zero.”