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Local homebuilder introduces solar, all-electric homes

The gas-free ‘Green Key’ homes, constructed by City Ventures, comply with energy-saving standards.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: September 22, 2011 08:15 AM

Santa Ana-based homebuilder City Ventures is constructing new “Green Key” communities, reputed to be the world’s first neighborhoods of solar-powered, all-electric homes that do not use gas. A total of more than 190 homes are being built in Brea, Signal Hill, Santa Barbara, Alhambra and Covina.

Prices begin in the high $200,000s.

“A Green Key residence puts homeowners farther on the path to net-zero-energy independence than any other new home,” said Herb Gardner, president of City Ventures’ Homebuilding Division. “Its built-in solar power provides ‘off-the-grid’ energy, while its highly efficient appliances and materials reduce energy consumption compared to most new homes. The electric bills are exceptionally low, and there are no gas bills. All of this makes for a green earth and green wallet, returning immediate savings to the owner.”

New Green Key elements include high-performance integrated solar power, hybrid electric water heaters, low-flow faucets and showerheads, high-efficiency dishwashers and low-emission windows to insulate against cold and heat.

City Ventures began the initiative as part of its goal to design and develop environmentally responsible homes at competitive prices. In the future, it intends to build only net-zero-energy communities.

All Green Key homes will exceed state-mandated Title 24 environmental efficiency standards – established in 1978 in the wake of a legislative call to reduce California's energy consumption – by at least 30 percent.

In addition, the homes are certified at the Gold Level by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system, created by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote energy savings, water efficiency and improved indoor environmental quality, along with reduced carbon dioxide emissions.



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