The site was chosen specifically to give residents greater access to restaurants, culture, transportation, and every day needs; all within half a mile walking distance. In fact, the project has earned additional points for making this a priority.
Grass, which generally requires large amounts of watering, was not included in the project. Instead, synthetic coverings and drought-tolerant plants with drip line irrigation were installed to conserve water and reduce watering costs. A weather-based irrigation controller prevents watering in the event of rain. In total, Crestavilla reduces outdoor water usage by 61%.
Inside, efficient fixtures, including showers, faucets, and toilets, were installed in every unit and amenity spaces. As a result, there is a 20% indoor water saving compared to similar projects. Beyond conserving a vital resource, less water usage reduces long-term operating costs for tenants and ownership.
Crestavilla exceeds California standards for energy usage by 31%.
16% was achieved by installing effective HVAC units, water heaters, and lighting fixtures throughout the building; and an additional 15% through the installation of 361 roof-mounted photovoltaic modules with a 98.9% efficient inverter.
The envelope consists of superior insulation for walls and high efficiency windows, creating more comfortable units that require less heating and cooling.
To further transition towards a low-carbon economy, Crestavilla has committed to offsetting their energy consumption by purchasing 70% of clean renewable energy equal to taking 91 cars off the road or not using 1,004 barrels of oil a year.
The heat island effect is caused by the sun’s heat striking surfaces such as parking lots, steel, and glass structures which absorb then give off heat.
To address this, the residential vehicle parking is located almost entirely underground; maximizing inhabitable space and minimizing heat absorption on parking lot asphalt.
The structure exterior finish consists of light pigment smooth stucco, which helps keep the interior cool by reflecting solar heat. As a result, cooler units also means air-conditioning systems will operate less – saving tenants on cooling costs and saving ownership wear-and-tear on equipment.
Combined, these measures help ensure better indoor air environment and may help minimize a condition known as sick building syndrome.