VCA Green recently completed services which helped TDI receive LEED® Silver Certification for Oceano at Warner Center, a 244-unit apartment complex in Woodland Hills, Calif. The project was certified Silver under the LEED for Homes California Midrise program.
During construction, the VCA team provided LEED related construction training and verified during construction that each unit was well sealed and properly insulated. Typically, quality insulation and energy conservation efforts for LEED certified homes help to reduce operating costs by up to 35%. Blower door testing confirmed that minimal conditioned air would leak from residential units, reducing the amount of heating or cooling needed to keep the space comfortable.
The project includes an irrigation system that greatly reduces the amount of potable water needed for landscaping. The high-efficiency irrigation system features drip irrigation, hydrozoning (grouping plants by watering needs), timers for each watering zone and a moisture-sensing controller. 70% of the plants are considered drought-tolerant, and grass, which requires substantially more water than most landscaping, was not planted. Although not contributing to LEED points, a cistern was also installed to reuse rainwater for irrigation needs.
Oceano at Warner Center was honored by the California Apartment Association with its prestigious award for Best New Construction in Los Angeles. The US Green Building Council awarded Oceano its LEED plaque earlier this year.
The architect of record is Architects Orange.
Oceano – LEED Points Awarded vs. Possible