Green is Hot
Being eco-friendly is a no-brainer at The Crossing. We built in some incredible and INNOVATIVE green PERKS for you to enjoy without even lifting a finger (how cool is that!)
The Crossing has been designed and built as an environmentally-friendly urban community promoting healthy living and sustainable practices. The Crossing is LEED® Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and provides a definitive national standard for what constitutes a “green building.”
For more information about the LEED rating system, visit www.usgbc.org.
Indoor Environmental Quality
To promote healthier indoor air quality, smoking is prohibited inside the buildings and residences at The Crossing as well as on patios and balconies. Additionally, no smoking is allowed in any of the outdoor courtyards or common areas.
The Broan SmartSense® ventilation system installed in every apartment utilizes synchronized ENERGY STAR® rated exhaust fans.
This integrated system is extremely efficient and provides excellent indoor air quality by automatically stimulating air flow to areas
where air change is required.
A programmable thermostat allows residents to set cooling, heating and fan schedules to fit their lifestyle. Setting the temperature is easy and ensures year round comfort. Dual-glazed, low-E vinyl windows help keep heat out during the summer and in during the winter. Stylish window coverings are provided for added design and comfort.
Interior finish materials were chosen with indoor air quality in mind. All carpet and carpet padding meet or exceed the Carpet and Rug institute’s Green Label Plus program. All adhesives and paints meet the LEED and Green Seal standards for low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Indoor Air Quality Management During Construction
After construction, but prior to occupancy, the building was flushed out to mitigate any air contaminants. The HVAC systems were sealed during the construction phase to prevent excess debris and air contaminants from entering the systems.
Potable water used for irrigation is reduced by 50% through the use of smart weather-sensing controllers for the drought tolerant, California friendly landscaping throughout the community. Additionally, The Green (our south courtyard) consists of synthetic turf which requires no irrigation.
Water Use Reduction
The installation of water saving ENERGY STAR® qualified front load high-efficiency (HE) washers, low flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets in the apartments result in up to 30% reduction of water use and translates to a lower water bill for residents.
Minimizing Energy Use
The Crossing was designed to exceed Title 24 (California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards) by over 21%. The use of energy efficient products helps reduce energy bills for residents.
ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances in the apartments, including refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes washers, incorporate advanced technologies that use less energy than standard models.
Dimmable lights in the dining areas and motion sensor devices in the bathrooms enable better lighting control. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are installed in the apartments as well as throughout the community to reduce the amount of energy used for lighting.
Superior Site Selection
The Crossing is an urban infill project which means that it is located on a previously developed site. The strategic decision of this site selection benefits the local environment by eliminating the need for new infrastructure and not developing on native virgin land.
Promoting Alternative Transportation
The Crossing is adjacent to the Metrolink Anaheim Canyon station and also within walking distance to OCTA bus stops, offering an ideal location with many public transportation options. Our transportation resource board and TRANSIT web page will help facilitate ridesharing programs within the community.
To further encourage alternative transportation practices, The Crossing will have preferred parking for low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles, as well as an onsite bicycle storage facility that holds over 120 bicycles.
Reducing Heat Island EffectThe building’s roof is finished with a white membrane that is highly reflective, reducing the building’s heat gain and increasing its exterior envelope performance. This reduces heat island effect which is unnatural heat created by urban development.The white roof material keeps the building cooler while lessening the HVAC load for the residences, resulting in lower energy use and reduced energy bills for residents.
In urban environments, open space is particularly important as it reduces heat island effect, provides refuges for wildlife populations
and a connection to the outdoors for human populations. At The Crossing, the outdoor courtyards, greenscape and pedestrian oriented hardscape areas provide open space that account for 27% of the total site area. The themed courtyards were designed to encourage outdoor gatherings and foster community relations.
The subterranean parking garage provides covered parking for 92% of the total available parking spaces for residents and guests while simultaneously helping to reduce heat island effect and creating a visual ambiance with minimal cars.
Efficient Stormwater Management
Rain chains extending from the roof of the building funnel rainwater into capture basins that filter stormwater runoff prior to draining to the ocean. The rain chains also serve as decorative water features in the courtyards throughout the community.
All HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) equipment, lighting and domestic water heating systems underwent an independent verification process by a third-party engineering firm to ensure that all systems were properly installed, calibrated correctly and working at optimum efficiency as designed.
Trash/recycling rooms with separate chutes for trash and recyclables, such as paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metals, are
conveniently located throughout the community.
Additionally, the City of Anaheim has a very successful automated waste collection and recycling program that has significantly
decreased the amount of waste dumped in local landfills.
Construction Waste Management
Specific construction waste management procedures were followed to minimize the environmental impact throughout the design and construction process. Over 75% of construction waste generated onsite was recycled. 94% of demolition waste was diverted from landfills.
70,000 cubic yards of sand were donated to the city for improvements made on the Santa Ana river bed.
20% of all the materials and products used to build The Crossing contain recycled contents and 20% were manufactured within the local
region (within 500 miles). By purchasing regionally manufactured building materials, the local economy is supported while reducing
transportation costs and the environmental impacts (pollution) associated with delivering materials.
Carpet selected for the apartments is made of 100% post-recycled content (recycled plastic bottles).