Learn How Elem3nts® is Kind to the Planet
Founded in 1970, Earth Day is an international phenomenon. Today, this worldwide celebration is recognized in 193 countries across the globe. It’s a day to honor peace and demonstrate support for environmental protection.
At Taylor Morrison, we take “going green” very seriously. Our Elem3nts® program is on the cutting edge of environmentally friendly home building policy & innovation. We’re proud of the efforts we take to create the best possible living conditions not only for our customers – but for the world in general.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to do their part to make a commitment to the future of our planet. Our commitment is to building energy efficient homes with sustainable materials for future generations.
Elem3nts® is all about the three E’s: Energy, Efficiency and the Environment. By keeping a keen eye on new technology, together we can all lower the carbon footprint of every new home we build.
It doesn’t matter where you hope to live. From new homes in Sacramento to Naples, FL real estate, we’re building state-of-the-art homes near you.
Partnering with Energy Star®
In several divisions Taylor Morrison builds ENERGY STAR® certified homes that follow strict adherence to a number of energy efficiency guidelines. Endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, construction products and building standards that qualify for the program are tested and guaranteed to provide a heightened level of energy efficiency.
Working with ENERGY STAR®’s guidance is not just good for the environment. It’s a great way to ensure that home buyers who purchase our homes will pay less for heating, cooling, water and electricity every month.
- For more information on your home and energy efficiency, learn about the HERS Index. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the benchmark for comparing homes side by side. The lower the rating, the greater the efficiency. It’s just that simple. And to make it easier for our customers to make the right choice for their family, every Taylor Morrison home is given a HERS rating. If you’re wondering how we do…the standard 10-year old home rates 150 on average. Taylor Morrison homes usually fall between 60 and 70. That’s much more efficient than your typical used home.
Innovative Building Products and Why They Matter
The science behind energy efficient building materials makes all the difference in the world. Low HERS ratings don’t happen by accident. We add higher R–value insulation, radiant barriers, jump ducts, low–E windows and better water management systems to many of the homes we build to achieve such impressive results.
And what’s great is that we list out all these features on our website to make it easy for prospective buyers to see what technology is or isn’t included with most floor plans.
For example, let’s look at these new Denver homes in Castle Rock, Colorado. Click on the first community, Terrain Flat Rock. If you scroll down to the bottom you’ll find a tab that says “Home Features.”
About three-quarters of the way down you’ll find Energy Saving Features:
- Lennox energy efficient furnace
- Energy efficient, insulated Atrium double pane Low-E vinyl windows
- 50-gallon electric hot water heater
- R-44 cantilevers
- Honeywell automatic setback thermostat
- R-23 blown fiberglass 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 exterior walls (per plan)
- R-50 blown fiberglass & batts at flat & sloped ceilings
In the same section you’ll also find tons of other useful information like safety features, tech installations, design features and more.
Making Your Pledge and Celebrating Earth Day at Home
But this year we’d like to do something a little different. We’re going to ask you to make a pledge. To join us and the folks at Earthday.org to reduce your plastic usage.
We’re sure you’ve seen the terrifying photos of gigantic plastic islands floating in our oceans. All this plastic comes from somewhere. Cutting waste begins in the home.
It’s easy to do:
- Calculate your plastic consumption with the Plastic Pollution Calculator
- Download the reduction plan and tracker
- Enter your details and make your pledge
- Create a plan of action and monitor your progress
Earth Day Celebrations in Your Neck of the Woods
Join in the fun and do your part to make our planet a cleaner and better place to live.
CalRecycle has an extensive list of statewide Earth Day events posted on their website. From free visits to National Parks to learning about environmentally friendly lifestyle changes, food forests and interactive hands-on activities for kids.
Planting trees, cleaning trails, teaching your little ones about sustainability. You’ll find plenty of Earth Day fun in Phoenix to keep you busy.
Earth Day in Denver is truly a celebration. Enjoy live music, yoga and craft beer! Yup, you’ll find a fun beer garden from New Belgium Brewing if you spend Earth Day with the Sierra Club.
Welcome to the World’s Largest Environmental Experience. April 20-22 at Fair Park in Dallas, TX. It’s a one-stop shop to “Discover what matters to you!”
Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Earth Day in the Parks is an event to promote stewardship of our environment and natural resources.
To Green & Beyond! It’s Georgia Tech Earth Day. This free event focuses on innovative ways to recycle and a look at the technology that will take energy efficiency into the future.
Head to your favorite State Park and do your part to help keep North Carolina one of the nation’s greenest states. Welcome to Earth Day in NC.
Central Florida Earth Day welcomes 250+ eco-friendly vendors to Lake Eola Park.
Join the Conservancy of SW Florida for their biggest event of the year. Guest speakers, live music, festival food, exhibits, crafts, live animal programs, boat rides and more!
One More Thing!
Thinking of planting a tree this Earth Day?
Visit TreesAreGood.org for awesome tips on how to do it!