This $50M, 71 unit, San Jose community for low-income families was RCD’s first all-electric development, but not its last—the developer has adopted an all-electric standard going forward. It was also the first mid-rise where RCD attempted a Zero Net Energy design, and project’s all-electric design played a role in supporting San Jose’s 2020 zoning ordinances requiring all multifamily housing be all-electric, from low-rise to high-rise. RCD documented at Quetzal Gardens that all-electric construction was cost-neutral and far more efficient than gas equipment they were familiar with. Other noteworthy features include space-saving car-lift parking garage, the interior playground on the fourth-floor roof, and the thoroughly solarized roof. The solar array succeeded in offsetting 40% of the development energy use, even though it had access to only 40% of the roof, illustrating the possibility of a truly ZNE six-story building if all the roof was used. Redwood Energy performed the Zero Net Energy, Title 24 and Green Point Rated certifications. This 110,000 sf. development was completed in 2022.
Redwood Energy has led the design of more than 20,000 units of Zero Net Energy, all-electric affordable housing, and 200 all-electric market rate residences.