We have made the current Solana Highlands as sustainable as an apartment community built in the 1970s possibly could be. However, at the redesigned Solana Highlands, sustainability is a central focus, rather than an afterthought.
H.G. Fenton Company has successfully demonstrated the benefits of sustainable apartment communities at its SolterraEcoLuxury Apartments property in Scripps Ranch. Solterra opened in 2013 and is a fully solar powered community and the first of its kind in the U.S. to power each unit through virtual net metering. Solterra exceeds California’s energy efficiency standards for buildings (Title 24) by more than 19%.
The revitalized Solana Highlands would incorporate many of the sustainability features proven effective at Solterra. You can see the full list of Solterra’s sustainable features here: Download the PDF.
Although Solana Highland’s redevelopment plans are not finalized, sustainability features that could be expected include:
- Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for residents and guests.
- Increased photovoltaic (solar) panels producing a higher volume of clean, renewable energy.
- Low water use appliances, in-home fixtures and irrigation.
- Exclusive use of low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints that have fewer hazardous fumes or toxins.
- Community recycling program.
- Energy Star appliances.
- Energy-efficient LED lighting, appliances and HVAC design.
- Building insulation elements installed under the inspection of the HERS rating agency.