Green and sustainable California housing project scores big with efficiency

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:14

One housing project in Sacramento, California, is attracting a lot of attention from an environmentally conscious housing organization, as its use of products like radiant heating systems and LED lighting have made the development a completely sustainable place of residence.
The Sacramento/Yolo Mutual Housing Association was able to score big in its first attempt to garner recognition and a green certification from an organization that measures the efficiency and sustainability associated with housing developments, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.
The news outlet reported that the housing association's Mutual Housing at the Highlands project received an especially high score from the Oakland-based Build it Green organization. The use of energy efficient products helped to boost its rating, which is offered for residential projects in California instead of the nationally-based Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program run by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Because of the use of products like radiant heating systems, which help to reduce the amount of contaminants and potentially harmful air particles in a home, the project was also able to provide Sacramento residents with a healthy alternative to older residential developments.
According to the Journal, the project was centered around the idea of improved efficiency and indoor air quality, and the products that were used helped the organization achieve such a high score.
Radiant heating systems help to reduce the amount of contaminants that are circulated around a home, along with reducing the amount of energy that is used in a home. This dual benefit is why so many families are installing these systems.
These products also provide residents with a more comfortable living atmosphere, and winters are made much more pleasant because of these installations.