There's an interesting green community in development in West Sacramento, California with 35 homes.  Good is a pilot project under LEED-ND and recently received the 2009 Smart Growth Award from Breathe California!  LJ Urban is the developer with a simple mantra:  Dream big.  Living Small.  Do Good.  That's the idea behind this community, and phase one is sold out.  Phase two is underway with prices from the mid-200 thousands, so check these out if you're in the market.  Good has an impressive list of the following green features:

  • Concrete floor with fly ash;
  • Recycled content insulation;
  • Night Breeze fresh-air intake AC;
  • Reclaimed walnut and cedar wood;
  • Efficient tankless water heater;
  • White reflective cool roof;
  • Solar panels on roof;
  • Passive solar window shades;
  • PaperStone countertops;
  • Energy efficient appliances;
  • NatureMill food composter;
  • Low VOC paints and materials;
  • FLOR carpet tiles with recycled content;
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures; and
  • Dual flush toilets. 

The homes range in size from about 1100 – 1800 square feet and sit tightly on the land.  Some people don't like homes this close together, but this is density, and density without the party wall has certain advantages.  The green community is located at 4th and B Street in Sacramento.  Good definitely has a good thing going …




Photo credits: eco.urban on Flickr.