San Diego County’s first community to feature the Zero Energy Homes (ZEH) program was unveiled Thursday at an opening ceremony for Soleil at Bordeaux, a Pardee Homes’ community in Pacific Highlands Ranch. These technically-advanced homes combine state-of-the-art, energy-efficient construction and appliances with commercially available renewable energy systems such as solar electricity generation to dramatically reduce energy usage.
“Pardee Homes is pleased to have partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy on this important housing project,” said Michael Mc-Gee, president and chief executive officer for Pardee Homes. “Soleil at Bordeaux is a great example of how voluntary programs can be used to encourage the use of solar energy systems in new homes.”
Homes in the ZEH program, an initiative led by the Department of Energy, are designed to reduce an energy bill by at least 50 percent annually. To achieve these optimal efficiencies, a home must include technologies that both reduce energy demand and generate power. Approximately two-thirds of the homes in Soleil at Bordeaux are capable of meeting the Department of Energy’s ZEH standards by incorporating features that include solar electric power systems, fluorescent lighting and tankless water heaters. Roughly 98 percent of the homes can be solar capable through use of solar integrated roof systems or backyard solar trellis systems. Residents of Soleil at Bordeaux who choose the ZEH package could potentially reduce their energy use by 67 percent, and up to nearly 75 percent by adding additional energy-saving options.
“Pardee has been a leader in environmentally-smart building with the introduction of the LivingSmart® program and we are proud to now extend our work in this area to include the ZEH program,” said Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for Pardee Homes.
Homes in the Soleil at Bordeaux community range from the $800,000s to the $900,000s. The model homes are located at 13107 Chambord Way in Pacific Highlands Ranch, Pardee Homes’ new master-planned community, which is marked by environmentally-sensitive development and homes. With advanced features and smart construction methods, the homes in this area are built with the idea of creating an environmentally-sound community that makes an investment in the earth’s future.