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Earth Day-friendly all year round: EarthSmart features in new Pardee homes

As the world gets ready to celebrate Earth Day in April, Pardee Homes continues its more than decade-long commitment to building greener homes. Its award-winning LivingSmart program features more than 30 earth-friendly standard and optional features available to new home buyers, and it applies to every newly designed home the company offers. Pardee homeowners are already doing their part to contribute to a greener world, and they are doing it every day.

Although Earth Day -- held on April 22 and observed throughout the month --is a celebration of environmental awareness, Pardee homeowners can be proud that their homes have been designed to conserve natural resources for the long term with the LivingSmart program. Its four key components offer energy efficiency, improved air quality and comfort, on-site water recycling and water and wood conservation.

Pardee’s EarthSmart features are designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment. The extensive use of sustainable materials in Pardee’s LivingSmart homes helps conserve natural resources. The included features that fall into this category are iLevel beams made of engineered, high-performance lumber (used throughout the house) and plush, stain-resistant carpeting made from recycled materials. These homes also include convenient recycling centers discreetly housed in a kitchen cabinet and architect-specified entry doors that feature the rich look of wood without sacrificing any trees.

Homeowners may also increase their EarthSmart level of green with options that go one step further toward conservation by selecting features made from highly renewable resources such as bamboo flooring and Lyptus cabinetry, or designing outdoor living spaces with water-friendly, drought-tolerant landscaping materials. Homeowners can also rest assured knowing that Pardee has done its part to incorporate earth-friendly practices.

Pardee's homes feature EarthSmart designs.

“Green homes start with the building process,” said Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for Pardee Homes. “Engineered wood resists warping, splitting and shrinking while preserving our forests, and iLevel beams possess incredible strength with little or no lumber waste. By offering low-fiber flooring using materials from quickly rejuvenating managed forests, we can eliminate carpet fibers that harbor dust mites, pet dander and other allergens while improving indoor air quality. We also recycle our construction materials where feasible.”

Other EarthSmart choices available to Pardee homebuyers offer additional ways to conserve and preserve. Those options include tankless water heaters and cellulose attic insulation. Pardee communities are also carefully designed to be environmentally conscientious.

“We take community planning seriously,” Mason said. “Forethought and understanding of natural habitats come into play and we invest extensive time and resources to develop sensitive land plans and home site placement.”

The company incorporates dedicated open space, habitat restoration and revegetation programs, wildlife corridors and walking trails into its master-planned community development plans.

Pardee’s LivingSmart homes are located primarily in master-planned communities such as Pacific Highlands Ranch and Carmel Country Highlands in North San Diego County. New home neighborhoods include Manzanita Trail, Highlands Village, Carriage Run, Bridle Ridge and Terramar. A new neighborhood in Pacific Highlands Ranch, Hampton Lane, is scheduled to open in May.

For more information, visit pardeehomes.com.

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