Former Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on SB 100 in late 2018 mean that yes, we’re going to have to start doing a lot more if we really want to lessen our impacts on the environment. The bill commits us to sourcing 60 percent of our electricity from clean sources by 2030, and 100 percent by 2045. Doing our part as a community to combat climate change is key, and some green community solutions are offered in our Savvy Stacks column this month (p. 40). But if you’re tasked with buying a home instead of reading Ruth Jackson Hall’s column from the couch, here are a couple options that keep you on the green side of the curve.

Green Granite Place Condo

Climate scientists argue that living smaller, living closer, and driving less are simple ways to reduce your impact. This trend has impacted real estate as well. More developments are being built closer together, grouped in ways that residents can interact and share their lifestyle with one another. Boulder Bay is one of these. Situated just above Crystal Bay, this project will eventually consist of residence buildings, a casino, a wellness center, water features, a spa and firepit terrace, and more. Of these, Granite Place was the first building to be erected. It features a state-of-the-art water filtration system to avoid greywater entering the lake, energy efficient appliances, and ceramic siding, to protect the building in case of fire. Though this development is still under construction, several units are available, and you can be one of the first to buy here. Info: $1,995,000, 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,078 square feet, 1 Big Water Dr., Crystal Bay, Boulder Bay Real Estate

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Drive Less from Squaw’s Palisades

Approximately 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S. is caused by motor vehicles. If you can drive less, you can help decrease that. If living outdoors is your thing, the Palisades at Squaw might be for you. You can walk to the ski slopes in winter, and bike along the Truckee River in summer. Plus, remember our recent coverage on modular building? Six of the development’s “duplex townhomes” are currently under construction in a modular facility near San Francisco and will be available soon. Blair Porteous, of sagemodern architects, the firm that designed the project, said modular construction is a greener form of building. “When you build in a factory and you have all the trades coming to one central location, there’s significant reduction in waste. If you ordered too many outlets or too much wood … all the materials get reused,” Porteous said. Another significant green element of the project is an extensive amount of insulation. Porteous explained that windows let out the most heat in a home, and that the designs incorporated extra insulation, especially in the roof area. “The best thing is to keep the heat that you have inside,” Porteous said. Info: approx. $1,500,000, 4 bed, 2 bath, 2,001 square feet, Olympic Valley, The Palisades at Squaw Valley Realty

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