Saturday, April 22, 2017

SUMMERLIN’S ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, GREEN BUILDERS

CELEBRATED ON EARTH DAY

 

 

As the developer of more than 25,000 acres in the Las Vegas valley, including the master-planned community of Summerlin®, The Howard Hughes Corporation® has long recognized its obligation as a steward of the land.  In Summerlin, the company’s dedication to preserving the environment has been demonstrated in many ways over the years, most notably two land exchanges in which Hughes pulled its boundary eastward into the valley, adding 6,400 acres to the National Conservation Area and creating a boundary and buffer zone that will forever protect Red Rock Canyon and preserve its pristine character.

 

According to Tom Warden, senior vice president, community and government relations, Summerlin, the decision to pull Summerlin’s border back was made because the community’s early planners knew it would be inappropriate to develop within site of the scenic loop road.  “From its inception, Summerlin was developed with the environment in mind,” said Warden. “Beyond our landmark exchanges that continue to protect Red Rock Canyon today, Summerlin was one of the valley’s earliest adopters of desert landscaping, helping to improve the public image of low water-use landscapes in the 1990s and encouraging other developers and builders to do the same.  In fact, Summerlin was the valley’s first community to implement strict Water Smart conservation guidelines, and we continue to replace turf with desert friendly plant materials whenever and wherever possible.”

 

Even before Summerlin began to take shape, The Howard Hughes Corporation was integral in establishing a development fee to fund Desert Tortoise habitat that helped protect this once threatened species.  Company leaders also served on a valley-wide development coalition that drafted some of the nation’s toughest self-imposed rules on dust control to protect air quality. And Hughes continues to be proactive in the fight against illegal dumping by organizing and funding desert clean-ups in undeveloped areas in and adjacent to Summerlin. 

 

A number of design innovations, such as the preservation of natural drainage areas and arroyos that serve a dual use for parks and trails, as well as the incorporation of the natural landscape and topography, are strong examples of environmentally oriented design principles that have made Summerlin the model community it is today, said Warden. “Summerlin looks the way it does because of our commitment to preserve as much open space and natural vegetation as possible.”

 

According to Warden, the community’s environmental stewardship is evolving to include a more intense focus on new urbanism and smart growth, evident in a growing number of higher density neighborhoods, particularly in the Downtown Summerlin® area where more than 4,000 residences are planned, including apartments, townhomes, condominiums, lofts, brownstones and more.  And just last year, Downtown Summerlin, offering fashion, dining, entertainment, Red Rock Casino and the future NHL Practice Facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, earned Silver certification status from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

 

Several homebuilders in Summerlin are also known for their hallmark green building practices that create some of the most energy efficient homes available today. Tevare by KB Home in The Paseos village offers Energy Star-certified homes ranging from 1,849 to 2,625 square-feet and priced from the mid-$300,000s.  Other energy efficiency technologies at Tevare include electric vehicle charging stations in the garage.

 

Delano by Lennar Homes, also in The Paseos village, offers homes from 3,312 to 3,881 square feet and priced from the high $500,000s. Powered by Nexia™ Home Intelligence, Delano offers dozens of green technology details, from solar and water saving features like low-energy dual pane vinyl windows and an energy-efficient gas heating system, to energy saving CFL light bulbs, superior value insulation in walls and ceilings and much more. 

 

Pulte Homes, known for its signature Life Tested® living spaces, builds homes in a variety of styles, price points and elevations that come standard with several significant energy saving features.  These include 15 SEER-rated air conditioning systems, low-E dual pane windows with vinyl frames, water efficient toilets, 95 percent energy efficient gas furnace, Rheem® tankless water heater and digital programmable thermostat. 

 

In Summerlin, Pulte has two neighborhoods in The Paseos village, including Segovia with homes ranging from 2,776 to 3,3674 square feet and priced from the high $400,000s; and Estrella, offering homes from 2,058 to 2,455 square feet and priced from the high $300,000s. Pulte’s new Summerlin village, Reverence, will also feature energy efficient homes in six collections that range from approximately 1,550 to 4,850 square feet. Summerlin’s northernmost village located west of the 215 Beltway, Reverence will grand open June 3 and is now forming an interest list. 

 

For information on Summerlin and all its homebuilders and neighborhoods, visit Summerlin.com.

 

Caption:  Spanning nearly 70 acres, Cottonwood Canyon Park is situated within a natural drainage area that serves dual use as a park and walking trail.  The park is primarily landscaped with low-water use and naturally occurring vegetation with small patches of turf for play.  It runs through both The Arbors and The Canyons village in Summerlin.

 

About Summerlin

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to nearly 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 250 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 25 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes– priced from the $300,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges please call 702.255.2500. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s. Visit www.summerlin.com for more information.

 

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.                           

 

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