In the case of this Florida Water StarSM home, the size of the lawn has been reduced and replaced with more drought-tolerant plants native to Florida.
The Silver Residential criteria were pilot-tested in 2006, and the first house was certified in July 2006. Beginning Aug. 3, 2009, the program began offering an additional tier, Gold tier, which provides a higher standard for water efficiency and includes water-quality best management practices. More than 700 residences have been certified under the residential criteria.
The qualifications points list for new and existing homes outline all the criteria that are considered during final inspection. These documents should be used as a guide for any project seeking certification. The points list can be used as a navigation tool for the technical manual. Click on a criterion in the points list PDF and you will be linked to the web page for that topic/criterion. Participation agreements can be found on the forms page.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ partnership
In early 2014, Florida Water StarSM began partnering with the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ recognition program. Florida Water StarSM-certified homes that achieve the additional recognition add value to the home and contribute to a more sustainable approach by reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides, adding plant diversity and enhancing the water-saving capability of the landscape. Once achieved, the Florida-Friendly criteria can be submitted for review by experts at the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. Contact Claire Lewis at email@example.com for additional information.