Victoria Garden Mews – Condominiums
The Victoria Garden Mews Phase 2 is a three story, 5,100 sq. ft., three unit residential condominium project. Its Spanish design is in keeping with the architectural design requirements of the City of Santa Barbara.
The building’s passive solar design, high performance building envelope, and energy efficient mechanical systems make it 90% better than California’s Title 24 Energy Code. One of the project’s most unique features, and one that actually made the project possible, was the incorporation of auto lifts – parking elevators that allows one car to enter the garage and be elevated so a second car can park under it. These, the first auto lifts permitted in Santa Barbara, not only accomodate the required number of on-site, covered parking spots but reduce the amount of the project site devoted to parking – and the associated hardscape – by half, making more room for a community garden and improved solar access to the rear building. Solar access is the opportunity for sunlight to access a building for passive solar heating and/or energy production (e.g. don’t want the sun blocked from your PV system) Both buildings are designed to be near zero energy.
The project team, owners, architect and contractor, set a goal to make this project as green as possible. This project has received Platinum certification through the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program; with 104 points it is one of the highest totals certified to date.
You may learn more about this project at the Victoria Garden Mews website.