Drought Tolerant and Fire Resistant Landscaping
Brisa Encina will feature mainly xeriscape drought-tolerant plants which will also serve to resist rather than fuel a fire. The xeriscape will be punctuated with vegetation to match the palate of the nearby California Mission including olive, oak and pepper trees and mission wine grapes. The minimal irrigation necessary to support all vegetation on site will be irrigated using treated grey water systems and drip lines.
The design team aims to promote energy conservation by installing photo voltaic solar panels with the ultimate goal of being net zero in energy consumption. The solar panels are to be placed mainly on the south-facing roof slopes, so they will not be visible from within the project or from the adjacent roadways. Additionally, this community will have charging stations for electric vehicles in the parking lots and interior charging stations for residents with mobility assisting devices. As with all of our projects, we will be mindful of our trash impacts by facilitating an in-house recycling program.
Fire Resistant Building Design
Under the current adopted County codes and standards, the exterior surfaces of new construction, such as Brisa Encina, must be protected from range-land fire by using stucco and tile exteriors, minimizing wood siding and combustible elements, and using fire-rated windows and exterior doors. New developments over 5,000 square feet (which includes this project) must also provide interior automatic fire sprinkler systems, fire and smoke monitoring systems, and automatic notification and alarms. Back-up batteries and an onsite generator will ensure that these systems work during a power outage, which often accompanies a fire. Additionally, we will be required to plant and maintain low-hazard landscaping to further reduce fire dangers into the future.