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Today, it's easy to find an eco real estate development that incorporates sustainability in its design and building materials. For instance, in Southern California a nonprofit organization, Livable Places, exists to create affordable housing while incorporating smart design practices. Their more recent projects include two separate communities which have utilized sustainable design principles.
The eco real estate development in Long Beach, for instance, was built using an Energy Star envelope, low-flow fixtures, and a natural cooling system. The loft eco real estate development in Los Angeles is employing high-efficiency heat pumps as part of its heating and cooling system. Energy Star appliances and low flow fixtures will be used at the loft project as well. Both communities are strategically placed near light-rail transit to maximize use of the public transportation system.