THE GREEN LIVING EXPERIENCE.
Oceano takes pride in offering a LEED Certified community where ownership and management have initiated programs to better serve our environment and the residents that live in our community.
Oceano Warner Center is Silver LEED Certified under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for Homes. The LEED rating system sets forth benchmarks in eight areas of sustainability: Innovation in Design Process, Locations and Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness and Education. LEED homes have a gentler impact on the environment during and after construction, use less water and have a reduced carbon footprint. LEED homes promote healthier living through increased thermal comfort and reduced pollutants in the building materials used.
LEED homes could also result in lower energy costs for residents.
- Oceano is located in an urban area to help limit dependence on motorized vehicles. It is in close proximity to several public transit lines and within walking distance of a number of restaurants and other conveniences.
- Bike storage for residents has been provided inside the garage to encourage an alternative form of transportation.
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations have been installed to encourage reduction of the use of gasoline.
- Oceano has made recycling easier with convenient recycling chutes located at each floor.
- Oceano has implemented a moving box recycling/sharing program to reduce the overall use of cardboard boxes during move-ins.
Water-efficient technologies have been installed at Oceano to reduce the energy required to transport and treat it, thereby conserving this precious resource. It is estimated that plumbing and landscape fixtures at Oceano will consume 50-55% less water than an average apartment community of a comparable size.
- Kitchen and bathroom faucets are equipped with a flow-restricting aerator, thereby conserving water.
- Ultra-efficient toilets which perform as well as conventional models but use a fraction of the water used in a traditional single flush toilet have been installed, thereby conserving water.
- Landscaping throughout the site features plants that are native to this climate zone. These species require less water and are not disruptive to the local ecosystem.
Energy-efficient technologies have been installed at Oceano to reduce the energy required at the property and in each individual dwelling unit. It is estimated that energy-efficient heating, cooling, lighting and other appliances at Oceano will consume 17% less energy than an average apartment community of a comparable size.
- Efficient lighting is expected to save over 125,000 kWh. Plus these efficient light bulbs and fixtures produce less heat, which reduces the need for air conditioning and cooling.
- ENERGY STAR® appliances have been provided for residents of this building – ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models.
- By using lighter colored roofing materials, this building reflects much of the sun’s energy back toward the sky. This reduces heat absorbed by the building which leads to reduced cooling costs for residents and less impact on the local wildlife.
Water and energy conserving technologies and practices were used during construction at Oceano to reduce the community’s overall carbon footprint.
- Over 50% of the waste produced during construction of the buildings was recycled or otherwise diverted from landfills.
- During construction a conscious effort was made to use locally extracted, processed and manufactured materials, thereby reducing pollution associated with transporting materials over long distances.
- Recycled materials and components were used during construction, thereby reducing the amount of energy and water needed to extract and process natural resources.
- During construction a conscious effort was made to minimize Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) contents in carpets, paints and sealants to provide clean and healthy air for all residents.
To learn more about LEED and the benefits of sustainable buildings, visit: www.usgbc.org