The Summit community shares a philosophy of innovation, creativity, cultural enrichment, and environmental conservation. At Summit Powder Mountain, those core principles come to life in a modern mountain development of nearly 500 single-family homesites, clusters of small dwellings , and a lively village center on 10,000 acres of untouched land in the Wasatch mountain range. Preservation of the existing natural environment, which includes an elk reserve, natural waterways, and a thriving wildlife population, is one of the leading design principles.
All buildings, site landscaping, and construction at Summit Eden should be healthy, durable, restorative, and a complement to the natural landscape. Design of the site and buildings must incorporate sustainable building design and construction practices, including: utilization of renewable and highly efficient energy systems, green building materials, recycling of construction waste, utilization of natural day lighting, and water conservation measures.
To provide the smallest possible impact on the environment and optimize indoor air quality, the use of renewable, bio-based products and other environmentally friendly building materials is encouraged. All construction processes are to incorporate a component of reuse or salvaged materials and recycle waste generated on site.
Taking into consideration the extraordinary value of water in our region, the installation of low-flow water fixtures and flow reducers on toilets, faucets, and shower heads must be incorporated. Techniques for collecting and utilizing graywater (showers, bathroom sinks, washing machines) and rainwater are encouraged. Porous pavement, which allows stormwater to percolate through to surface soil, should be integrated into the site plan and carefully chosen to ensure that permeability is maintained even under the distress of plowing. Roof drains, downspouts and all impervious surfaces shall be designed to runoff into landscaped areas to provide supplemental
irrigation. Where no formal landscape exists runoff shall be directed into historic drainage patterns.
Site and building designs are to implement orientation strategies that optimize solar exposure and incorporate passive and active solar systems. Proper solar orientation can substantially reduce energy costs and should be applied wherever possible.
Designs should respond to the available, alternative modes of transportation (via sidewalks, bike paths, trail networks, and ski runs) are readily available. Also, connecting shuttles from main amenities to neighborhoods will be provided.
Preservation of a dark night sky is essential, and light disturbance for neighbors and overall community is to be minimized. Exterior and visible interior lighting fixtures should be extensions of the structure’s design aesthetic. Lighting emissions should be warm and soft and may be used to light driveways, paths, walkways, and entryways to provide for convenience and safety. Exterior light sources should be kept to a minimum, and must consider location. Light fixtures must be shielded to contain all light on property to avoid glare, nuisance to neighboring properties, and excess illumination of buildings. Spotlighting or bright security lighting will not be allowed. Energy-ecient measures are encouraged, including solar-operated fixtures and motion activated lights. Motion activated lights are to be limited to areas where they are activate only by motion on property.