Net Zero homes

California’s First Farm-to-Table New Home Community

by Shea Homes Northern California on July 20, 2015


Chat with neighbors on the porch. Make meals with vegetables you picked today. Solar power your home. Walk to the store that sells fruits grown locally. Picnic in the park. Bike to town. Watch the kids grow up healthy. Wake up where the sun smiles over a wide, green landscape. Nourish your life.

This is not a nostalgic dream. It’s the immediate future at The Cannery in Davis, California’s first farm-to-table new home community.

And we are proud to announce that two new Shea Homes communities will be opening at The Cannery on Saturday, August 15th! RSVP to the Grand Opening Celebration on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of the exciting details.

Persimmon at The Cannery
4 to 6 Bedrooms, 3 to 4 Baths, 2,189 to 2,904 Square Feet
Each Persimmon home features open-concept living, as well as an outdoor room and a porch to help you enjoy the fresh lifestyle at The Cannery. Two of these bungalow-style homes feature a separate multi-generational Suite Home that would be perfect for college students. A Suite Home consists of a private entry, living space, one bedroom, a full bath, and kitchen.

Tilton at The Cannery
3 to 5 Bedrooms, 3 to 3.5 Baths, 1,706 to 3,024 Square Feet
The cottage-style homes at Tilton feature stunning great rooms and kitchens, ideal for a growing book club, or a growing family. The inspiring design of these homes will give you plenty of space to live, work, and flourish. The majority of the home plans include an attached two-car garage, with plenty of room for bike storage. Tilton borders the Central Greenway and The Cannery Park on both sides of the community, which makes outdoor living seamless.

The idea at The Cannery is simple, surround homes, parks and business by a working farm. The farm then feeds the community, and nourishes a healthy and sustainable way of life. And even the landscaping is edible! Each single-family home will have a fruit or nut tree in the yard. This holistic mixed use environment that will be unlike anything ever seen in California.

Every home will be within 300 feet from a park or open space, and The Cannery will be one of the most energy-efficient communities in the country, with a 1.5k solar system coming standard with every home, and residents can upgrade to netzero living with zero energy consumption and zero carbon emissions. The residential areas will feature a livable design designation from Eskaton, in order make these homes comfortable for residents to age in place.

The Cannery harmonizes with the values of Davis. It offers a safe, healthy and sustainable environment. Smart living grows naturally in Davis. It has the second-highest percentage of graduate degrees in the country. People choose Davis for its high quality of life. It is the intellectual home of California’s booming agriculture industry, sustaining everything from wineries to organic farming. Davis and its UC Campus nurture ideas that nourish the world.

Sign up for the Shea Homes Interest List so you can be among the first in the know, and read more about The Cannery master plan at


How Shea Homes Save Water

by joshe on December 5, 2012

Water saving homesFor Shea Homes, building great houses in the 21st century involves a particular focus on resource efficiency, which is evident in everything from the solar tube lights in Shea SPACES homes to the Net Zero homes, called SheaXero offered at Shea Active Lifestyle communities that generate as much energy as they use. But great homes don’t just reduce energy use; saving water is another important consideration. Shea Homes is proud to have established itself as a homebuilder of water-smart houses and communities. Here’s how they do it.

Inside the home

Every Shea-built home is equipped with WaterSense-rated plumbing, fixtures, water-saving showers, and water-saving toilets. Created by the US Environmental Protection Agency, WaterSense is a rating system that helps protect our nation’s natural resources by connecting people to water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Products carrying the WaterSense label perform well, help save money, and represent the latest innovations in manufacturing. One of these products found in some of Shea’s new homes a water-efficient faucet by 2011 WaterSense Partner of the Year Delta Faucet, that turns on and off with just a tap on the spout or handle.

Outside the home

Water-saving measures don’t end inside the home; in fact, in many parts the country, water use for irrigation exceeds indoor consumption. That’s why Shea Homes, a builder of both homes and communities, has adopted a strict policy within the company’s master-planned developments to implement smart-irrigation controls and draught-resistant landscaping that require less watering.

Preserving our natural resources is easier when you live in a water-smart home and community like those built by Shea Homes, but there’s always more we can do. Learn more about how you can save water with these tips from the EPA and learn more about Shea at

About the author

Josh Englander is a novelist and the founder of DesignLens, an online architectural publication that explores residential design and land planning concepts in America.


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