The Elements Sustainability To contribute to the health of the
environment - both locally and globally - The Elements utilizes
materials and development practices that maximize sustainability.
Elements uses porous concrete in all parking spaces of the
community. Unlike traditional concrete, porous concrete offers
a number of environmental advantages:
Reduces flooding and replenishes the local water table. Tiny holes allow rain water to behave as it would naturally - filtering through to directly recharge groundwater, maintain aquifer levels and channel water to tree roots and landscaping.
Reduces pollution. Prevents runoff into storm sewers and local watersheds, which can
carry pollution and contaminate rivers and streams and harm sensitive ecosystems.
Reduces the urban heat island effect. The light colored and open celled nature of the material doesn’t absorb heat and radiate it back like traditional concrete and asphalt.
recycling center A community recycling area will provide an additional
container dedicated to recyclable paper materials.
community gardens Approximately 2,000 square feet will be reserved
for homeowner gardens. Each homeowner will have 10'x10' raised
bed to grow herbs, vegetables or other plants. Irrigation for
community gardens is provided through a gravity-fed cistern,
located just above the gardens. The cistern collects rainwater
runoff from the condominium roof and holds 1,100 gallons of water
in a covered tank. Homeowners can use this water to irrigate
their individual gardens.
sustainable landscaping Great care has been taken to ensure the
health and sustainability of The Elements landscape:
Saving or incorporating trees. A large number of trees were reserved in the planning of the community, and many of those removed were milled for use in construction of the homes.
Saving plants. Many plants that were disturbed during construction were collected as part of a plant save and transplanted for final neighborhood landscaping.
Use of native plants. Native plants were used throughout the landscape because they are vigorous and hardy, require little or no irrigation or fertilization and are resistant to most diseases and pests. They also help maintain a natural balance, providing food and shelter for desirable wildlife.
butterfly garden The neighborhood butterfly garden also uses
native plants - including zinnias, sage, milkweeds and sunflowers
- to attract healthy butterfly populations. In addition to their
beauty, butterflies attract and sustain healthy populations of
insects and organisms, as well as provide food for birds, lizards and mammals
that help control garden pests.
ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.