1. Capitalize on the abundance of solar energy – with more than 300 days of sunshine the utilization of solar engery just makes sense. Accordingly, we’ve incorporated a ‘grid-tie system’ for electricity in all our homes by including solar panels on each individual casita and utilizing bi-directional meters supplied by the electrical utility (CFE).
When the sun is shining the power generated from the panels is either used in the house or sold to the ‘grid’, at night power is pulled from the grid. The resulting hybrid system provides consistent and trouble free electricity but at a reduced monthly cost.
2. Judicious use of water – Early on in the development of our strategy for Pueblo Pescadero the developer determined that securing a reliable and adequate source of water needed to be a prime consideration for the project. They successfully petitioned the federal water authority, Conaqua, for a concession to install a well within the Pueblo Pescadero site. In turn, the developer has entered into a written agreement with Pueblo Pescadero to supply water to the project from their well.
In addition to securing this supply, Pueblo Pescadero will capture all waste waters from our casas and treat them in our on-site treatment plant. The resulting treated water – that meets US EPA standards – will be used to irrigate the onsite landscaping thereby reducing overall water consumption.
3. Preservation of existing plants and trees – Wherever possible, existing vegetation has been retained in it’s original location or relocated within the common area. The placement of the relocated flora has taken into account it’s shading aspect on surrounding buildings and privacy consideration.
4. Design Theme – one of the principle tenets of sustainability is to link the built and natural environment with the social and cultural history of the precinct. Therefore, the design theme for Pueblo Pescadero draws from established Mexican architecture.
5. Density – the built density within Pueblo Pescadero will be significantly less than that outlined in the Urban Development guidelines for a Residencial Turistico zone. Our Floor Area Ratio is anticipated to be in the range of 0.2 times site area and the site coverage of our buildings is estimated at approximately 0.16 times site area. Circulation has also been minimized through the utilization of a one-way access road.