Sustainable Luxury Living in Covenant Hills

Posted by Covenant Hills on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 12:44pm


Green energy systems grow in popularity among the community’s custom homes.

The verdant hillsides framing the community of Covenant Hills reflect just one shade of green that’s growing in the exclusive, southern Orange County neighborhood. Green construction practices are now more prevalent as many homeowners are electing to incorporate sustainable, energy-efficient systems, building materials, and construction methods within their homes’ designs.

Because Covenant Hills is an Energy Star neighborhood, the homes are designed to exceed California’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards by 15%. If a home passes the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) inspections, the homeowners qualify for significant rebates based on kilowatts of solar power generated, increasing the importance of selecting a builder familiar with the ratings and certification process.

Among the custom homes currently under construction in Covenant Hills, one entered the design process with a sustainable focus, with the homeowner asking from the start, “What can we do that’s green?” According to Robert Rodgers, a CalCERT builder with Anthony Everett Development Inc., “This client is truly Mr. Green.”  Rodgers explains that this eco-conscious homeowner’s natural process was to extend the sustainable practices he’s established within his organic business operations, to his home’s design and construction.

As a result, this home includes a full complement of sustainable materials and energy saving elements which were integrated into the home’s plans during the early planning stages with the Covenant Hills Design Review Board. 

These systems include: 
• Solar panels providing electricity as well as water heating for the home and pool
• Sanyo glass reflective panels that absorb sunlight from above and collect light reflected from below
• A heat block shield built into the roof’s rafter boards
• Low-volume and waterless bath fixtures
• Prewired circuitry for electric car charging
• Hardwood cabinets finished with low VOC stains
• LED lights
• Double insulation between floors and interior walls
• Tankless Bosch water heater
For Jonathan and Kristen Croxton, incorporating sustainable, energy efficient systems in their custom family home currently under construction made sense on several levels. Their choices will allow them to benefit from federal and state tax credits, regional rebates, and decades of continued energy cost savings. “We were personally motivated to do what we consider our share, environmentally.” explains Jonathan adding, “we looked at the options about a year ago and now the market is even more competitive and we found that the benefits and rebates have also increased significantly.” 

However, the Croxtons also found the certification process to be quite complex. As green-builder certified contractors, Grady-O-Grady Construction and Development led the Croxtons through the application and verification submissions which ensure their home’s rating is in compliance with codes to maximize these benefits. “There’s just no way a layperson could know all the information needed to work through the process.” says Jonathan.

The Croxton’s home includes an array of energy-wise and cost saving systems. Atop the Croxton’s Spanish-style home, they’ve installed 22 Canadian Solar photovoltaic solar panels which will provide power that translates into significant monthly savings. The panels were easily incorporated within their home’s design plans as the low profile panels sit 2’’ lower than their roof tiles. Jonathan adds, “you don’t even know they are there.”

Additional energy saving systems in the Croxtons’ home include:
• LED lighting and computerized lighting control systems
• Armstrong HVAC system
• Eternal Hybrid water heating system
• Exterior, interior and between-floor insulation “sealing the envelope” on the home’s heat emissions. 
• Fireplaces installed to the zero heat emission levels
• Jeld-Wen windows rated to handle high winds of 40 mph without seam penetration 

Recognized as one of the most unique and exclusive family-oriented communities in southern Orange County, homeowners are drawn to Covenant Hills for its open space and natural beauty. The extraordinary environment for relaxed family living which Covenant Hill’s offers is exemplified in it’s numerous parks, private recreation facilities, and hiking trails

Surrounded by more than 1,600 acres of pristine, protected ridgelines, many are surprised by how easily accessible Covenant Hill’s Ladera Ranch location is to Orange County’s beaches and shopping destinations. This combination of unparalleled lifestyle in such a panoramic setting is a true distinction of living in Covenant Hills at Ladera Ranch.

For more information regarding the custom homesites and custom homes at Covenant Hills, call the Custom Sales Gallery at 888.768.8702 or visit

Covenant Hills’ custom homesites are available in limited release, priced from $500,000 to over $1 million. A select few completed custom residences, built by some of Southern California’s prestigious homebuilders, are currently available at Covenant Hills with listings ranging from the low $2 millions to high $3 millions.  

To reach Covenant Hills in Ladera Ranch from the I-5 Freeway in south Orange County, exit Crown Valley Parkway and proceed east approximately 2.5 miles to Antonio Parkway. Turn right onto Antonio. Turn right onto Covenant Hills Drive and proceed to the East Gatehouse. Signage will direct you to the Custom Sales Gallery which is located at 63 Bell Pasture Road, Ladera Ranch, CA  92694.

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