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Danville Express

Newsfront - July 3, 2009

Danville community is gold by green standards

Clarum Homes' new Danville community has been presented with a LEED Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council for its 10 zero-energy homes at Hansen Lane Estates, designed with guidance from Davis Energy Group. These homes have solar power and solar thermal, 10-inch walls and an advanced ventilation system.

LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs regarding energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

"By deploying solar and incorporating other energy efficiency features into these homes, we're enabling our homeowners to save up to 90 percent or more on their utility bills," said John Suppes, president of Clarum Homes.

"The comfort of the home is undeniably the best I've ever experienced. Our new home at Hansen Lane is extraordinarily quiet, and exceptionally comfortable," said Homeowner Daniel Beswick. "After paying a utility bill of more than $450 per month in the winter and $250 in summer, we have had only a $4.75 connection fee for electricity and about one-half the natural gas charge of our previous home."

Hansen Lane Estates is the first enrolled in the LEED for Homes program in Contra Costa County.

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