How California builders are adapting to state’s super-strict energy mandates

As Jimmy Ayala, Division President of Pardee Homes San Diego, leads me through a series of model homes at his company’s new Weston development in Santee, California, he explains that this master-planned community is both a vision of the future, as well as the last of its kind.

A four-neighborhood, 415-home, 204-acre project in the booming East County area outside San Diego, Weston might be one of the region’s last housing developments done at this scale. A co-development between TRI Pointe Home Solutions and Pardee, this project was a decade in the making, owing to challenges securing permits and arranging parcels.

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