Summerlin has been famous for years for being one of the top-selling master-planned housing communities in the nation. Which has partly helped Las Vegas carve a favorable niche for itself as a livable city. Besides that, it has top finishes on other lists, too. It was the first local developer to introduce extensive desert landscaping in its common areas and it did something in 2003 that was thought unthinkable only a few years ago, namely doing away with lawns in front of new homes. Summerlin has earned the image of blazing the way to innovative and somewhat untested solutions.
Now Summerlin is at it again. It is selling 300 acres of land to Pulte Homes in its northwest corner because the builder is committed to green building practices for its planned project there. It'll be called Reverence and it is to open sometime in 2008 and upon completion the village will have about 1,500 homes.
Let's look at some of the environmentally important features at Reverence. Southern Nevada Water Authority has a water-smart program that encourages water saving and Reverence qualifies for it. It'll feature desert landscaping and water-sipping plumbing. Sprinklers in common areas will use advanced timers that turn off watering when it's not needed, like during rainy days. The recreation center, 13,500 square feet in size, will be designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED criteria. That is a large step, the LEED certification. Furthermore, Pulte is still considering what type of eco-friendly home design and building materials to use and when decisions are made, will announce them accordingly.
Do Las Vegas residents favor energy efficiency in their homes? They definitely do. A recent survey found that 90% of them mentioned it as a key factor. 88% are also familiar with the Energy Star logo, which signifies that the builder uses environmentally sensitive materials and appliances. How about this statistic. In 2006 over 65% of new homes sold in Las Vegas were in the Energy Star program. The next best city in U.S. stood at 35%.