Estrella Associates Inc - ecoSmart(sm) - Creating Exceptional Experiences

LEED

LEED

LEED - LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

Estrella Associates’ design and development of River Oaks, The Next Chapter will integrate many of the financially feasible concepts outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council Neighborhood Development rating system to create an environmentally responsible, ecoSmartsm development. This includes:

  • Focusing development within or adjacent to existing communities and already-developed places to reduce multiple environmental harms associated with haphazard sprawl  
  • Providing access to public gathering space to promote a sense of community 
  • Conserving water quality, natural hydrology and habitat through conservation of water bodies and low impact drainage concepts 
  • Preserving existing tree canopy, native vegetation and pervious surfaces while encouraging high density, smart growth communities 
  • Conserving land and diversifying uses 
  • Promoting livability, transportation efficiency, and walkability 
  • Providing direct and safe connections for pedestrians to local destinations and neighborhood centers 
  • Promoting public health though increased physical activity 
  • Promoting energy savings, responding to regional climate, increasing the life of buildings and materials, providing cultural continuity and reinforcing local distinctiveness 
  • Ensuring that the design and construction of a portion of the individual buildings within the development will utilize green building practices. These practices will be measured using a tiered points checklist developed by SLO Green Build or a similar rating system 
  • Encouraging the design and construction of water efficient buildings to reduce the environmental impacts from water consumption 
  • Striving to provide shade for at least 30% of non-roof impervious surfaces, including streets, parking lots, walkways, plazas, etc. 
  • Building common and public infrastructure such as sidewalks, roads, grading subbase, paving, curbs and sewers using materials with recycled content where available 
  • Selecting regionally available materials and resources to build the local economy and reduce embodied energy 
  • Reducing energy consumption and pollution from motor vehicles by encouraging use of public transit 
  • Encouraging public health through physical activity by facilitating walking to school or services and promoting community interaction and engagement 
  • Encouraging the conservation of land to promote community livability, transportation efficiency and walkability through compact development. The minimum net density for River Oaks, The Next Chapter is not less than 10 units per acre to meet the LEED Neighborhood Development criteria as well as ensure walkable neighborhood design 
  • Promoting energy savings by reducing at least 15% of the infrastructure’s energy consumption