LEED BD+C: Homes v3 - LEED 2008
Carson, CA 90744
LEED Platinum 2014
Arbor Green is a three-story, 40-unit, affordable housing property located in Carson, California, developed by Affirmed Housing Group. With the help of sustainability consultants at Partner Energy, the property earned LEED Platinum certification under the LEED-Homes rating system.
Arbor Green was built and designed with a variety of sustainable features.
A large contributing factor to the reduced energy usage involved the installation a 120 kW rooftop photovoltaic solar system to offset an energy load by 90 percent. Solar thermal systems were also installed that offset an energy load by 89 percent for water heaters.
The building performs 41.6 percent better than standard through the use of efficient insulation installation, reduced duct leakage, and proper refrigerants in the HVAC units.
This project also utilizes Energy Star rated refrigerators, dishwashers, and clothes washers, which significantly reduces energy usage compared to standard appliances. Through the use of T8 and CFL lamps, this property utilizes 100 percent high-efficacy lighting fixtures.
The property is also equipped with low-flow water fixtures for toilets, shower heads, and bathroom faucets. Outdoor water conservation was achieved due to high efficiency irrigation systems and drought tolerant landscaping design. Native vegetation was also planted around the property in order to reduce water usage. As a result of these efforts, water usage was reduce by 47 percent.
Outstanding pedestrian access to local community resources was also established with over 14 basic community resources located within a half-mile radius of the project site. This reduces the need for vehicle use for general errands.
Due Arbor Green’s various sustainable features and innovative energy-efficient design, the monthly utility cost for tenants was cut down by 80 percent.