Magnolia Court, our 54-unit affordable housing for seniors in Manteca, CA, was just certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC. Developed by Affirmed Housing Group and built by BOGC Inc., the design acknowledges the climate of California’s Central Valley and provides a series of connecting courtyards to make a cool and sociable place for the residents.
The project is one of the first Virtually Net metered solar systems in the state of California – the solar electric system serves both the residences and the common area through virtual metering. This is unique as most solar systems in multi-family projects only off-set the common area electrical loads. Because of this and the size of the PV system, the project is predicted to be almost net-zero (about 95% of the electrical loads will be off-set by the 151,934 kWh/yr photovoltaic array). Additionally, the project site was formally a storm water retention basin for surrounding properties – the retention basin was placed below grade and the storm drain water was then used for on-site irrigation where 99% of the planting is drought tolerant. The buildings are Energy Star rated and HERS rated with numerous energy saving measures integrated throughout the design.
This comes hot on the heels of winning an AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Award last week!!