3 December 2015

Sage Park is now LEED certified Gold!

We are thrilled to announce that Sage Park Apartments is now LEED certified Gold! The project passed California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards Title 24 by 25%.

Sage Park is an innovative new project developed through a Public-Private partnership with LAUSD to provide affordable housing for teachers and employees of the second largest school district in the nation, in the context of the most unaffordable city in the nation. The project consists of 90-high quality rental homes, serving individuals and families who make 30-60% of the area median income. Sage Park is the first of several planned developments by LAUSD in an effort to help its lowest earners live near work. The success of the project has served as a catalyst for more development to meet the needs of this specific population.

The guiding principle used in developing the site plan for Sage Park was to create a sustainable living-learning community. The 16,000 SF herb and vegetable community garden is an opportunity for education around healthy living and food planning. It provides a sense of community and a social opportunity for residents and neighbors who work on the care of the garden together.

The design of the project and selection of materials and systems evolved from deep consideration of sustainability and passive design strategies. The buildings incorporate several innovative sustainable features including a bioswale along the north edge of the property that manages storm water run-off; built in infrastructure necessary for future PV installation on all building roofs; building orientation to maximize natural daylighting; drought tolerant planting throughout the site; electric car parking for residents; and interior design and layout geared towards enhancing daylight and air flow.

Energy efficient HVAC equipment combined with building insulation and careful selection of envelope materials has resulted in all buildings on the site passing Title 24 by 25%, despite California having the most stringent energy efficiency requirements in the nation. Innovative approaches to the mechanical systems include a combination of condensing units and fan coil units to achieve maximum system performance. The building electrical system was designed to allow all buildings to have a rooftop solar PV system. The combined system allows for 486 panels, which would generate enough energy to offset more than half of the house load for the entire site. This includes parking lot, stairwell, and corridor lighting, fitness room, residential office, and shared laundry equipment. Selection of energy efficient lighting fixtures combined with automatic controls and owner provided laundry equipment that is Energy Star rated helps to achieve this goal.

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