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Sustainable Features

Walkable Community

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.

Water Efficiency

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.

Energy Efficiency

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.


Sustainable Site

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.



Materials and Resources

As a way to recycle and/or salvage non-hazardous construction and demolition debris, the team is implementing a waste management plan to reduce 75% of all construction waste. The intention of this practice is to divert as much waste materials leaving the site and going into landfills.Consisting of a steel frame structure, Crestavilla qualifies for points pertaining to materials with high recycling content. Additionally, the team has aimed to support local businesses and resources by using building materials or products within 500 miles of the project site.To reduce waste once the project is complete, the facility is dedicating 115 square feet to the collection and storage of recycling. Materials to be addressed are: paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality is an important factor in green building and contributes to the health and wellbeing of tenants. Crestavilla is a smoke-free building reducing exposure of occupants to second-hand smoke. The MERV 8 air filters are above industry standard and help trap and capture greater amounts of airborne-pollutants.Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) with heat recovery technology is applied to the mechanical system of this project. Refrigerant flow rate in the fan coils is modulated according to the cooling or heating load in the spaces they serve. Refrigerant compressors speed up or down depending on the refrigerant flow demand from the fan coil units. Additionally, the system can recover heat eject from the fan coil running on cooling mode & use this heat on the fan coil that is running on the heating mode, and vice versa. Combining variable refrigerant flow & heat recovery technology will save significant amount of energy using for heating and cooling in buildings while maintaining precise, custom levels of comfort in each zone.Paints, primers, sealants and glues, as well as carpeting and flooring, used on the project contain low quantities of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful when inhaled.

Combined, these measures help ensure better indoor air environment and may help minimize a condition known as sick building syndrome.

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