Sequoia Belle Haven Green Features
LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council
LEED is a certification program through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy and resource efficient. LEED certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes onsite inspections and testing to verify the building is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.
Energy efficiency increases human comfort while reducing it’s impact on the environment. This project exceeded California’s tough 2013 energy code by 33.5%. This was achieved by insulation that was installed properly, high efficient windows and a solar hot water system that is designed to offset approximately 50% of the hot water load. Energy Star appliances and high efficacy lighting also contribute to reducing this buildings carbon footprint. All these measures combined work toward a Net Zero building. The solar electric system is estimated to offset about 10-15% of the common area electrical load.
Indoor Air Quality
The ventilation systems were tested to make sure they perform properly. This is not only important for the health and well being of the occupant but also reduces moisture inside the building. All units include flooring that is either FloorScore or Green Label Plus certified, meaning the materials emit less harmful chemicals than traditional flooring.
Sequoia Belle is doing it’s part to reduce the impact on California’s water system through a drought tolerant landscape design and water efficient plumbing fixtures. The landscape design contains approximately 83% drought tolerant plant species and is irrigated with a highly efficient irrigation system.