Water Wise Inside and Out
By reducing water demand with high-efficiency fixtures, zero turf lawn, drought-tolerant plants, and the capturing of rainwater, the house is highly efficient with its water use. 60% of the roof surface area harvests rain water, which is stored in a 1400-gallon underground cistern. The high-efficiency irrigation system draws from this reservoir and provides all watering needs for the urban farm. In combination with the 70% permeable lot surface, the majority of precipitation to be handled on site. The use of native and drought-tolerant plant species eliminates the need for landscape watering and draws on the qualities of the local flora.