Calif. Tract Housing Goes Energy Efficient

Across Arizona and Texas, Meritage Homes has been working on greening up its act with sustainable options and design elements–and now, in Southern California, it’s offering an “extreme energy-efficient” development known as Citrus Grove.

These 70 new homes in Fontana — available in four floor plans — come with standard features said to make them up to 50 percent more efficient than your average American house. These features include Energy Star rated appliances; low flow showers, faucets and a weather-sensing irrigation system; a redesigned thermal envelope beefed up with with spray foam insulation; and double Low-E windows.

Citrus Grove development

image via Meritage Homes

You won’t find recycled building materials or solar power here, but building to LEED standards clearly is not Meritage’s ambition. C.R. Herro, Meritage’s vice president of environmental affairs, highlighted these homes as “setting a new standard for how production homes can and should be built” — i.e., a greener version of the standard American tract home. Residences at Citrus Grove rangein price from the mid-$300,000s and in size from 2,320 to 3,200 square feet.

The Fontana Herald reports that Citrus Grove joins Meritage Homes’ Woodlands at Sycamore Creek in Corona and Kona Road in Winchester in offering “Southern California’s most extreme energy-efficient production homes.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.