Sierra Bonita Solar Housing in California

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Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Sierra Bonita, an affordable housing development in West Hollywood, is the facade-integrated solar array that powers most of the peak load electricity demand for the common areas.  The building also has a solar-powered hot water heating system, but beneath the clearly visible green technology is a modern building with apartments fully adaptable for its disabled residents.

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Sierra Bonita cost about $20.3 million to build, according to the developer, West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.  The five-story project has a non-profit commercial space component on the ground level and 42 one-bedroom units above.

Every apartment has abundant natural lighting, energy-efficient appliances, and high-speed internet access, while some of the apartments are fully accessible with roll-in showers.

The project struck such a chord in the community that the developer received 2,000 applications for residency and fully leased the building through a lottery, according to Curbed LA.

Sierra Bonita has courtyard gardens, a roof deck garden, shady bamboo clusters, and drought-tolerant landscaping.  It was designed by Tighe Architecture; Parker/Sarg Industries was the general contractor.

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Credits: Curbed LA.


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