More Than Zero

Ed Gorman sees the future of housing, and it’s in stylish, net-zero energy designs.

Ed Gorman, founder of MODUS Development, and pioneer in net-zero energy-certified projects in the Valley, including MZ (short for Minnezona, the street it’s located on).

Ed Gorman practically leaps out of a white lounge chair in the model living room of MZ, his ultramodern condo project in downtown Scottsdale, to point out details like the Poggenpohl cabinetry and Italian tile flooring. He also details the project’s less-visible, sustainable assets: rooftop photovoltaic panels, hybrid water heaters and more, meaning occupants’ electric bills are usually zero.

“MZ is the first net-zero energy-certified multifamily project in Arizona,” says Gorman, founder of MODUS Development. “This is the future of building, and we’ve figured out a way to do sustainable, high-design projects at the same cost of ‘normal’ buildings.”

Gorman’s background paved the way for this blending of technology and design. An East Coast native, Gorman worked for architects in high school before getting a degree in computer science and marketing. After a long stint as a director at AT&T, which brought him to Arizona, Gorman was bitten by the real estate bug, first in commercial brokerage, then in development.

The Galleries at Turney, his 2009 LEED-certified condo project near the Biltmore, launched his niche: urban infill projects that meld green design with high style. Since then, Gorman’s partnered with local architects to create other net-zero projects, including The Roosevelt in Tempe, Circle Lofts and Equinox apartments.­ MZ condos from $449,900