- Tapestry, Beazer Homes — This master planned community in Kissimmee will include 1,000 homes. The first phase will include 272 homes and is being built to meet Florida Water StarSM Silver criteria.
- Bella Lago — This 150-unit apartment complex was recently retrofitted and achieved Florida Water StarSM Residential Silver certification.
Dwell at Lake Nona earns certification
Dwell at Lake Nona is a 274-apartment community in south Orlando that was recently certified by the South Florida Water Management District. It will conserve water indoors with WaterSense toilets, faucets and showerheads. The builder also installed low-flow kitchen faucets. The majority of the landscape is site-appropriate, drought-tolerant landscape plants with limited irrigated turf grass. The irrigation system is controlled with a smart controller using evapotranspiration (ET) to regulate use.
Tampa development earns Florida Water StarSM certification
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s latest certification is the Encore!, a mixed-use redevelopment complex in downtown Tampa. The Reed is the third building in the complex to receive the certification for meeting specific requirements of the Florida Water StarSM program. Because the Encore! also installed drought-tolerant plants and uses only micro-irrigation, the community’s Trio, Ella and Reed buildings use 40 percent less water than SWFWMD’s irrigation allotment calculation, a reduction of approximately 320,000 gallons of water per year.
Lexington Court is certified as a
Florida Water StarSM Community
The St. Johns River Water Management District certified Lexington Court as a Florida Water StarSM Community. The 108-unit apartment complex was constructed by Atlantic Housing Partners, LLC, and is located on West Concord in downtown Orlando. The affordable housing community features water-efficient faucets, showers, dishwashers and clothes washers. The landscaping is drought-tolerant and suited to the area. The landscape uses micro-irrigation to minimize water use outdoors. The certifier, Lisa Pearcy, from All Elements Mechanical, worked closely with Atlantic Housing Partners to maximize opportunities for water efficiency.
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Using practices and hardware that conserve water at its Jupiter headquarters, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience has earned a Florida Water StarSM Commercial retrofit certification from the South Florida Water Management District.
To earn the certification under the program’s new criteria for existing buildings, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience implemented water-saving features in four categories:
- Landscape and irrigation
- Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC)
- Indoor such as water-saving faucets, toilets and showerheads
- Process water use such as the amount used to make a product
A trained certifier verified the work was completed at the 100,000-square-foot research facility located on 6 acres at Florida Atlantic University.
Friendship Village Apartments, Tampa
Florida Home Partnership has been building sustainable homes for low- and moderate-income homebuyers in Florida since 1993 and continues to grow and thrive. The Partnership’s nine-unit Friendship Village Apartment complex in Tampa is the first community in Hillsborough County to achieve the Florida Water StarSM community certification. All apartment units include high-efficiency fixtures and ENERGY STAR®-certified dishwashers. Florida Home Partnership is also constructing an 80-unit apartment complex in Plant City, which is also being built to Florida Water StarSM community standards.
Mainsail Solutions Inc., Lady Lake
Mainsail Solutions is developing a green community called Green Key in Lady Lake, in central Florida. These Net Zero homes have achieved Florida Water StarSM certification. Indoors they feature manifold plumbing systems that allow a hot water supply line to every outlet so there is no waste while waiting for hot water. Bathrooms have WaterSense® showers, faucets and toilets. ENERGY STAR® dishwashers contribute to reduced water use in the kitchen. Outdoors, the landscape has been carefully designed to allow only site-appropriate species and an irrigation system that minimizes waste yet allows sufficient water where needed.
New Smyrna Beach
Dahl homes feature beach-style living with efficiency. Carefully designed landscapes include preservation of natural landscape, rainfall harvesting for hand watering and Florida-friendly landscape beds. There is no in-ground irrigation system. Indoors, the homes feature high-efficiency toilets, showers and faucets. A manifold plumbing system allows for faster hot water delivery to all end points.
Champions Gate, Lennar Homes
This master planned community will include 2,500 homes that are being built to meet Florida Water StarSM criteria. The homes feature three to six bedrooms and include a carefully designed landscape to ensure water savings for the homeowner, and the homes feature water efficient toilets, faucets and showers as well as various energy-saving features. Toho Water staff have certified 200 homes.
GATE convenience store, St. Johns Town Center
Gate Petroleum Co. opened its third Florida Water StarSM-certified gas station in April 2014. The store is located at the St. Johns Town Center by St. Johns Bluff Road in Jacksonville.
This station features a water-efficient, Florida-Friendly landscape that is designed to use minimal irrigation. Indoors the bathrooms feature water-efficient fixtures. Gate is also constructing two additional gas stations that it plans to build to meet Florida Water StarSM criteria.
A GATE convenience store on Hendricks Avenue in Jacksonville was the St. Johns River Water Management District’s first commercial designation in 2010.