Studio E Architects is proud to report that Magnolia Court, our 54-unit affordable housing project for seniors in Manteca, California for Affirmed Housing Group, has been honored by the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) with the Gold Award in the “Best Green Community” category of their 2013 Best of 50+ Housing Awards. The annual award recognizes excellence and innovation in the design, development, lifestyle and marketing of housing for older consumers.
The NAHB judges specifically commended the project for its water reclamation efforts. Completed in 2011, Magnolia Court is located on the site of a former retention basin for surrounding properties. In order to offset the impact of new development on the site, a new retention basin was accommodated below grade. 90 percent of collected on-site water is then used to irrigate site planting – 99 percent of which is drought tolerant.
Magnolia Court also has an extensive photovoltaic array across its roof, and is one of the first virtually net-metered solar systems in the state of California – allowing the system to serve both the residences and the common areas. This is unique, as most solar systems in multi-family projects offset only common area electrical loads. This arrangement, in combination with the generous size of the system, enables the project to be almost net-zero – about 95% of the electrical loads are estimated to be offset by the photovoltaic array!
The NAHB award is just the latest in a number of honors celebrating the project’s eco-conscious credentials – Energy Star– and HERS-rated, the Grand Gold Nugget Award winner for Best Green/Sustainable Community, and certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC – Magnolia Court is about as green as it gets. Congratulations to all involved!
All photos by Jim Doyle of Applied Photography.