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7 affordable green starter homes

By: Sidney Stevens on Jan. 27, 2011, 8:44 a.m.
tan stucco home with clay roof and cactus outside

Photo: Meritage Homes

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Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers reasonably priced green homes through its Meritage Green division. Currently located in three green developments in Arizona, its eco-homes sport low-e windows, solar power/solar water heating, drought-tolerant landscaping, EnergyStar appliances, programmable thermostats, low-VOC finishes, energy-efficient, formaldehyde-free insulation, high-efficiency 14 SEER HVAC systems, non-ozone-depleting Puron refrigerant in air conditioners, and CFL lighting. Homes in the new Lyon’s Gate green development in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert (pictured) come in eight floor plans and range from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet. They start at about $170,000 for a completed home. Look for more green Meritage communities to sprout up in Arizona, as well as Nevada, California, Texas, Colorado and Florida, where the company also operates.