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Shapell unveils eco-friendly homes

Real estate: Homebuilder releases new energy-efficient houses in Santa Clarita

Posted: May 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

This family room of a Shapell Homes’ Heatherton development sits on a hillside off Plum Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. The purchase price of the home includes many eco-friendly and energy-saving features, such as custom-designed landscaping.

 

Shapell Homes recently introduced its new eco-friendly homes off Plum Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. Energy-efficient homes have become the standard for residential builders in Santa Clarita.

The Sage and Heatherton homes at Plum Canyon Ranch feature 1,918 to 2,920 square feet of living space, with up to six bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms depending on the floorplan selected.

With deluxe gourmet kitchens and optional outdoor rooms with fireplaces, Shapell’s new hillside homes range in price. The Sage homes start in the mid-$400,000 range, and the Heatherton homes start in the low $500,000s.

Sitting atop hillsides, some home-site lots are afforded an expansive view of the Santa Clarita Valley. T

Kitchens have granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, islands and pantries. Buyers also have the option of an outdoor family room with fireplace.

All homes are built with a selection of energy-saving features, custom-designed landscaping and energy-efficient systems, such as, the SunPower solar systems with up to 2.4 kilowatt-hours, capable of converting power from the sun into standard household electricity.

The eco-friendly features are included in the purchase price of the home.

Builders Challenge
Shapell Homes is currently one of 34 homebuilders in California to register for the Builders Challenge, a program that recognizes homebuilders who construct homes delivering healthful indoor environments and exceed standard building codes.

Participants of this program must meet specific requirements for rankings on the EnergySmart Home Scale. The “E-Scale” is based on the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code, with a 100 equating to a home that is built to code.

A home scoring a 70 on the E-Scale is considered to be 30-percent more energy-efficient than a code-built home. And all homes at Sage and Heatherton are verified by a third-party inspector to ensure they meet the guidelines, according to a company representative.

Eco-savings showroom
Shapell recently unveiled its energy-savings program at its Eco-savings showroom on the development site, which features an array of energy-efficient products.

Included in the showroom are black solar-energy panels, which are capable of converting power from the sun into standard household electricity; heating and cooling systems; compact fluorescent lighting; water-conserving toilets and showers; tankless water heaters; hot-water pipe insulation; weather-based irrigation systems; high-performance windows and radiant barriers; energy-efficient dishwashers and more. 

“We’re building the homes of tomorrow that homeowners can own today,” said Elaine Mason, vice president of sales and marketing at Shapell Industries. “We want to create livable communities, where efficiency, health and happiness don’t come at an additional cost.”

Homebuyers can find more information at www.ShapellHomes.com or call (661) 297-2030 for the Sage homes, or (661) 513-0439 for the Heatherton homes.

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