This 540-bed, four-story mid-rise community for students at UC Davis maintains a 90 percent occupancy rate and a LEED Platinum certification that was earned June 2021.
As the 2020 the winner of the Best Use of Green and Sustainable Construction category at Student Housing Innovator awards, many green initiatives were used such as inside each building, each of the 540 units — ranging from studios to five bedrooms — has low-flow water fixtures, efficient appliances, programmable thermostats, sensor-activated LED lighting, dual flush toilets and green label carpet and padding.
The affordable component has 38 units. Sterling Fifth Street also features multi-level parking with 343 spaces and to encourage carbon footprint reduction, it offers preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles.
Monthly stipends are awarded for residents who use the least amount of water and have the lowest energy bills. At the same time, units are fined for exceeding the monthly allotted water usage, and charged for each time they exit the parking garage more than the allotted 25 times per month.
Water conservation is achieved by means of low-flow water fixtures, dual flush toilets and drought-tolerant landscaping. These reduce water consumption by up to 40 percent. Energy conservation of up to 30 percent comes from the installation of Energy Star windows and kitchen appliances, energy-efficient HVAC, tankless water heaters and lighting, and programmable thermostats. Throughout the property, there are high-grade air filters (MERV 8), carbon monoxide monitors and green label carpet and padding. In addition to the recycled and regional materials used in construction, the property features a community recycling program and is walkable and bike-friendly.
The property also earned the Best Real Estate Project award from the Sacramento Business Journal.
2021 Student Housing Business Innovator
Best Use of Green & Sustainable Construction & Development