Green-Oriented Village Uses Renewable Energy

Located within the master plan community of Ladera Ranch in South Orange County, California, the “green-oriented” village of Terramor will ultimately encompass 1,260 green-designed and green-constructed homes, including solar electric systems, and all built to exceed California’s energy-efficiency requirements by 20 percent.

Ladera Ranch, California – November 20, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The builders at Terramor plan to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftops and electrical-vehicle recharging stations in every garage. Additionally, all new homebuyers in Terramor will receive vouchers of up to US$1,000 off the purchase of each new Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) zero-emission electric car via a partnership formed by Terramor’s master developer, Rancho Mission Viejo, GEM, a DaimlerChrysler Company, and Tuttle-Click Dodge in Irvine, California. “This is a landmark day as Terramor takes its place as the largest green-oriented residential village of its type in the nation,” said Anne Marie Moiso, director of marketing for Rancho Mission Viejo, the family-owned master planners and developers of the 4,000-acre Ladera Ranch master-planned community. “At build-out, Terramor will include 12 neighborhoods of green-oriented attached and detached homes.” Terramor homes will showcase green landscaping and water-wise irrigation techniques, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, in-kitchen recycling centers, low formaldehyde carpeting and fiberglass insulation, as well as environmentally preferable architectural material such as recycled and arsenic-free lumber, cork or bamboo flooring. “Terramor homebuilders have created displays demonstrating how they have incorporated the components of green development into their homes, including the placement of electric vehicle recharging outlets in all garages,” said Moiso. “They have had to comply with very strict design and construction standards within six different categories including site/landscape design, water conservation, energy, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation. We are extremely pleased with the incredible time and effort every Terramor builder has put into these homes. Terramor’s green practices are the right thing to do for today — and for tomorrow.”
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