Sustain

For three decades, Community Corp. has provided leadership to advance the ethos of environmental sustainability in Santa Monica and beyond. We are a Santa Monica Certified Green Business and a two-time Sustainable Quality Awardee, employing sustainable practices in all of our day-to-day operations.

A commitment to sustainability means a commitment to quality and constant improvement. We employ sustainable construction practices that divert and recycle construction waste and make use of resilient materials that last. We have pioneered the development of sustainable affordable housing, and created some of the first LEED Platinum Certified affordable buildings in the country – and we use the lessons learned in certified projects to inform choices we make on our other projects. Our buildings employ the latest green design features – from solar panels, to draught-tolerant landscaping, to water-saving plumbing. Those who live in our buildings embrace important practices of sustainable living, from community gardens to recycling to water conservation.

Colorado Court

Year Built: 2002

Highlights

  • One of the earliest multifamily LEED certified buildings (LEED Gold)
  • Designed to be off-grid, generating electricity from solar panels during the day and from a gas turbine at night
  • Designed to be an interactive closed-loop building; heat exhaust from the gas turbine is used to pre-heat the hot water
  • Passive cross-ventilation utilizes prevailing winds rather than active air conditioning

Community Corp. Retrofits

  • Replaced all toilets with ultra-high efficiency toilets using less than 1 gallon per flush
  • Retrofitted all lighting to high-efficiency LED lighting to lower electricity use at the property
  • Replaced standard boiler (~60% efficient) with high-efficiency condensing boiler (+90% efficient)

Pico Place

Year Built: 2013

Highlights

  • LEED Platinum certification without renewable generation; very high efficiency building and construction techniques
  • More than 90% of construction waste diverted from landfill for recycling
  • Green Roof on community room to lower cooling costs and use rainwater on-site
  • Passive cross-ventilation utilizes prevailing winds rather than active air conditioning
  • High-efficiency tankless water heaters,which power both the domestic hot water and the space heating in the unit

High Place East & High Place West

Years Built: 2013 & 2014

Highlights

  • Solar photovoltaic panels produce enough electricity for the entire common area
  • Drought tolerant landscaping with artificial turf for children’s play, and events
  • Domestic hot water system also provides space heating in the unit
  • High Place East has LED lighting throughout
  • High Place West has a solar hot water system for the laundry

5th & Wilshire Apartments

Year Built: 1998

Community Corp. Retrofits

  • Replaced all toilets with ultra-high efficiency toilets using less than 1 gallon per flush, which reduced water use by 25% at the property in the first year
  • Retrofitted all lighting to high-efficiency LED lighting to lower electricity use at the property
    • From just retrofitting the garage, reduced electrical use at the property by more than 30% in the first year

Broadway Apartments

Year Built: 2006

Community Corp. Retrofits

  • Retrofitted all lighting to high-efficiency LED lighting to lower electricity use at the propertyFrom just retrofitting the garage, reduced electrical use at the property by over 35% in the first year
  • Replaced standard boiler (~60% efficient) with high-efficiency condensing boiler (+90% efficient)
    • Drought tolerant landscaping

Bahamas Apartments

Year Built: 1950s

Community Corp. Retrofits
  • Replaced single pane, metal frame windows with double pane, UV protected, argon filled, vinyl frame high-efficiency windows.
  • New windows reduce heat gain from the sun and also provide sound insulation from the busy street that fronts the apartment building
  • Installed blown-in cellulose insulation to reduce heat gain from the sun and also provide sound insulation. Insulation keeps out the heat in the summer and keeps it in the winter.
  • Retrofitted all lighting to high-efficiency LED lighting to lower electricity use at the property
  • Replaced standard boiler (~60% efficient) with high-efficiency condensing boiler (+90% efficient)
  • Replaced asphalt shingle roof with high-efficiency Energy Star foam roof. New roof provides insulation as well as sun reflectivity to reduce the heat gain in the units
  • All accessible hot water pipes insulated to commercial grade fiberglass insulation level
  • Pipe insulation helps reduce heat loss in central systems from the boiler to the individual fixture within the unit.

Second Street Center

Year Built: 1994

Community Corp. Retrofits

  • Retrofitted all lighting to high-efficiency LED lighting to lower electricity use at the property
    • Stairwell lighting retrofitted to dimming LED, using between 10-50% less electricity than the existing florescent lights
  • Replaced standard boiler (~60% efficient) with high-efficiency condensing boiler (+90% efficient)
  • Replaced all toilets with ultra-high efficiency toilets using less than 1 gallon per flush
  • Replaced 20-year-old air conditioners with more efficient units

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