UC Davis West Village is designed as a model community for zero net energy buildings in California. The 130-acre campus is expected to house nearly 3,000 people in 662 apartments and 343 single-family homes. The project is located in Davis in Yolo County and uses a variety of innovative energy savings measures and a large solar photovoltaic system that is expected to generate enough power to meet the needs of apartment residents and commercial entities.
To date, a 4 megawatt solar photovoltaic system, solar-reflective roofing, aggressive energy efficiency features, radiant barrier roof sheathing, high-efficiency light fixtures, and added insulation have been put into place. Units are equipped with high-efficiency air conditioning systems and appliances. On the horizon is an anaerobic digester that will produce biogas to generate electricity for the West Village neighborhood and the University of California, Davis campus.
Funders include the West Village Community Partnership, LLC, and UC Davis. The project received grants or incentives from: the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program; Energy Commission matching American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) grant; Energy Commission’s New Solar Homes Partnership; U.S. Department of Energy’s Community Renewable Energy Deployment; and the California Public Utility Commission's California Solar Initiative.
Sustainable design of the site and buildings will reduce reliance on cars, limit energy consumption, enable energy production, and contribute to a healthy environment.
The project created 20 permanent positions (on-site property management); nine full-time positions and employed 350 subcontractors during construction. (These figures do not include product manufacturing workforce.)
Type of Project
Zero net energy mixed use, multi-unit housing community
The first units opened in August 2011 when residents began moving into apartments. All 662 apartments will be completed by when school starts in fall 2013. Plans for single-family model homes are underway and timing for completion is still being determined. A future construction phase could include another 882 student beds and 132 single-family homes on 94 additional acres. No timeline has been set for this phase.
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Smart grid/solar/wind/fuel cell/advanced energy storage/solar thermal
Zero net energy mixed use, multi-unit housing communities