In addition to meeting green-building practices and environmental requirements, the master planned community of Del Sur is much more interested in exceeding them. Del Sur mandates their builders to meet recycling and conservation requirements. This has allowed over 92 percent of construction waste to be diverted from the landfill and reused in other community building projects.
Del Sur requires at least 20 percent of the homes to include solar energy systems, while many neighborhoods are incorporating solar power in up to 40 percent of homes. When completed Del Sur will be one of the largest solar-powered communities in California. Having partnered with SunPower Corporation, the SunPower SunTile allows residents to meet up to 50 percent of their electricity needs.
The annual effect of Del Sur's solar-powered community is the same as planting nearly 40,000 trees. And according to a recent survey by Kelton Research, 94 percent of Americans support increased development of solar power in the United States.
All homes include mandatory high-efficiency tankless water heaters and on-demand, sensor-based hot water recirculation systems. There's even weather-based satellite irrigation systems with optional service. And 50 percent of all landscaping was planted with native and drought-resistant plants. Recycled water is used in common-area irrigation as permitted by the SD County Health Department.
Other “green” options are available for residents to incorporate such as Energy Star appliances. And all homes feature low toxin paint and low emission windows.