Solaris Style A Modern Green Home


This is a new model home in Daybreak, a planned community in South Jordan (about 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City).  With the exception of some urban townhomes and condos, Daybreak homes haven't been modern, but they're all Energy Star.  However, Garbett Homes had some home designs put together by KTGY Group and built two of them as model homes.  This is Style A (see Style B).  These modern homes will be replicated with different interior and exterior options on a street in Daybreak.



The Style A home is 1,442 square feet with an optional 670 square-foot basement.  It's priced from $206k, and the various options and upgrades hit you in the wallet.  Plus, Garbett Homes can build it, from what I hear, in a quick 30 to 45 days.  

Like the Style B model, Style A has deliberately placed windows, which gives it a fresh, clean, bright, and homey feeling inside.  The model also includes some of the following green elements: rooftop photovoltaic system (standard with purchase), a cool white roof, Hardie board exterior, dual-pane low-E windows, R-19 walls and R-38 ceiling, high efficiency furnace, and Energy Star appliances.  It's a beautiful little home …

[+] Style A Model Home Flickr Set.





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Photo credits: Daybreak Solaris Style A on Flickr.

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  • Blorch Headblownov

    Jordan, a green development 35 minutes (good luck on that one, who invented that copy? That’s at least an hour from downtown on weekdays) south of Salt Lake City…

    Whatever advantages this particular development may have will be erased in one week of sitting in traffic on I15 and having to drive five miles to the nearest strip mall to get groceries.

    Jetson Green has a lot of mind-numbingly stupid greenwashing on it, but this entry takes the Sarah Palin prize.

    • Preston

      It’s not copy, I wrote it myself because I drove there myself. It took me 35 minutes.

      Let me ask you this, does everyone that lives in Daybreak have to work in Salt Lake City?

      Because it’s a dang nice community if you work and play out there on the West Bench. I never said it was a good place to live if you’re driving to SLC. But there’s also a few TRAX stations on the way, so even that may not be so bad in the future.

      We’re talking about all sorts of green, from the light green to the dark, so I leave it to our smart readers to understand that there’s a level of effort involved with each strategy. Do you seriously need to be spoon fed?

    • Anonymous

      JG treats it’s readers with respect and assumes they understand there are different shades of “green” and that not every project will change the world on it’s own. But collectively they make a big difference.

      Unfortunately that flew right over your head.

      What if someone works from home? What if they work off hours in SLC, and don’t drive during rush hour? If the homes can be built in 30-45 days they must be using at least SOME modular parts. What about the benefits of that? What about the fact that it is a smaller home with a reasonable starting price?

      Take your blinders off.

  • Carole

    I like the idea, love the interior…And though the outside is attractive, it’s a little too ‘office building’ for me.

    Places like this would fit right in the Portland area, and people would love them. Close in, great ammenties.

  • Doug B

    R19 walls and R38 ceiling, thats barely above code and also tells us they used batts in the wall (which means at best R17). Low E windows are standard fare (hard to get anything else these days) so that leaves the high efficiency furnace and the PV as its green bits, but wait its an 80% high efficiency furnace which is almost code min (78%) and not even energy star. At least the homes are Energy Star certified, but from those specs (being an energy rater) I think they would be just squeezing by!

  • Portland Real Estate

    I would love that house other than the location. I found Utah to be too uptight and stuffy for my taste. But Im sure this house would have a ton of fans in Oregon.


  • Real Estate System

    I think I like this one better than the other. really awesome images and nice location.

  • dg3

    I went to a few of those homes.. free free I might add! And I was impressed. Daybreak really has mega charm and indivisuality…

    but the only thing I didn’t like which is common at Daybreak and new homes is the small rooms..esp. 2nd bedrooms.
    I wish in those homes, they had two big bedrooms, and a small nook area for an office or something.

    And also, they didnt have walk in closets. Those homes also had a beautiful view of of the wasatch mountains and lights of the city w/ no unobstructed view.

    I think they were a little expensive, and I could not live in Daybreak where you have to sign a waiver where you can’t sue if you get that and there were to many kids, and recently they found worms in the man made lakes there.

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