Maximus Outlook: New Trends in Sustainable Multifamily Living

Aerial view of Parkmerced looking over Lake Merced

At Maximus, sustainability is more than a buzzword — it’s a deep methodology that informs design and engineering choices. Sustainable living not only addresses global environmental initiatives, but also serves residential health and wellness. Multifamily developments are uniquely poised opportunities to implement sustainability initiatives and design, as this is a level of real estate wherein efficacy and impact becomes widely scalable. Below, we’ve identified a number of leading sustainability trends that Maximus’ very own communities have already begun implementing for multifamily living.

Drawing of parkmerced with sustainable features highlighted

Micro-Power Grids

Maximus’ Parkmerced community’s vision for the future includes building a system of micro-power grids. Within each block of the neighborhood is an opportunity to put in place a small-scale energy grid, complete with cogeneration equipment that converts waste heat into a source of useful energy. Innovative multifamily developments are a great opportunity to implement this greener, more flexible decentralization of energy.

Digital thermostat

High-Efficiency Smart Appliances

Smart technology and Internet of Things (IoT) devices allow for dynamic energy regulation. While single-family real estate agents have been onto this trend to increase home equity, the world of apartment and condominium complexes could fully reap the benefits of this technology. Maximus communities like Sharon Green implement Nest thermostats throughout their units that can dynamically regulate temperature and save heaps of energy as a result. 

Solar panels against sky

Solar Ready

Solar has arrived at many homes across the nation, and large-scale multifamily developments seeking to invest in sustainable living will develop infrastructure to harness alternative energy sources. In the Parkmerced Vision, each new and existing building is designed to have at least 50% of its roof area permitted for installation of south facing solar collectors.

Car-Free Living Alternatives

Beyond merely what developers may physically provide within apartment walls, sustainable apartment living also requires us to be creative with lifestyle designs. Provision of car-free living alternatives helps conserve parking space, promote carbon-neutrality and contributes to a pedestrian-friendly landscape. Our community of Parkmerced offers residents a comprehensive  Car-Free Living program, offering a $100 monthly transportation credit, and special public transit and rideshare rates.