Gated CA Homes Carry Green Labels Galore

Yesterday we told you about a KB Home tract home that was considered to be a green prototype. Today we’ve got another California tract home story – this time about what is said to be the nation’s largest solar community of 511 homes that have solar roof tiles and other energy saving features. It is called Villages at Heritage Springs and it is developed by Comstock Homes in Santa Fe Springs.

The Villages at Heritage Springs “gated green community,” according to Comstock, houses green homes that all come with labels verifying that they meet both the Energy Star and Build It Green GreenPoint rating standards for “healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices.” It is said that these homes will offer owners energy savings of up to 60 percent and that they qualify for a builder incentive as well as federal and California tax credits. Key green features include the solar paneling system, eco-windows, energy efficient heating and cooling, a tankless water heater, energy efficient lighting and cool roof tiles to reflect the sun’s heat.

Villages at Heritage Springs

image via Comstock Homes

Pricing on these tract homes, according to Cooler Planet, range from $500,000 to $750,000 for standard homes and around $350,000 for townhome units. The site notes as well that a central recreation facility for the community also has solar power tiles that are generating some of the energy needed for its electricity.

“These programs were incorporated during the earliest stages of planning and have helped us build a better community,” said Tabassom Ayazi, Vice President for Comstock Homes Sales and Marketing, in a statement. “But they also provide greater value for new home buyers. In addition to energy savings of up to 60 percent homeowners can be assured they are living in a healthier home that was built under watchful eyes and will more than likely return a higher resale value when it becomes time to sell.”

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