Commitment, determination, and passion are attributes that can make up a great tennis player. They are also attributes that describe Newland Communities green building initiatives. Summary: The FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Information Center located on the FishHawk Ranch development in Lithia, FL is the newest green building added to Newland Communities. The Club House achieved a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification while adding yet another green building to this communities portfolio of green building accomplishments.
The FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Information Center is within the National Association of HomeBuilders 2010 Development of the Year and is also a Florida Green Building Coalition Certified Development. In achieving the LEED certification the project completed prerequisites and credits within the LEED new construction categories. The seven categories are Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Regional Priority. LEED projects incorporate points in all categories to give the project a more diverse energy saving perspective. A few notable points achieved in this project consist of the following. The FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Information Center incorporated water saving measures such as non-potable water available for the irrigation system. Water saving plumbing fixtures reduced potable water use consumption by 59%. Energy savings were achieved with a HVAC system with a 16 SEER and R410A refrigerant. The windows are a low E insulated glass, with spectrally selective window tint. The sealed attic area used a R-40 spray foam insulation all influencing the total of a 20% reduction in energy usage. The project was able to divert 76% of the construction debris away from landfills and use 30% of materials for construction from within the area. http://www.fishhawkranch.com/fishhawk-life/lifestyle/tennis-clubcommunity-information/
Two Trails Inc. performed duties as consultant, verifier, and commissioning agent for this project. “We are delighted to work on projects for Newland Communities, they have a firm grasp on the core values to building green and continue to encourage the community of builders within the development to make great strides in building green.” Drew Smith President of Two Trails Inc.
Newland Communities FishHawk Ranch Development continues to be green. With the FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Information Center being complete and certified they are already at work in starting the FishHawk Ranch Starling Swim Center. This project just like the Information Center is pursuing a LEED Silver Certification. The project will consist of mixed site features such as a family, adult, and splash zone swimming areas, and an entry building with workout center and locker rooms. This new project will blend well with the developments other green projects and let the residents enjoy a little fun in the sun in their green built swim center.
About Newland Communities | Newland Communities cased in San Diego, CA is the largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the United States. With expertise in creating a special sense of community, Newland Communities brings to life the unique history, culture and traditions of the land we develop. Our long-term and customer-focused approach to community creation ensures we deliver on our vision while responsibly managing our partners' investment. With offices in many US cities, Newland has been successful because we have created a portfolio of communities with geographic diversity, and a range of homes and amenities for all different types of families living life in ways that matter most to them. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Newland is currently developing communities across the country in 14 states including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
About Drew Smith | Two Trails, Inc. was founded in 2001, by an innovative builder who set out to change the methodology of conventional building science. Drew realized that the only way to change the industry was to become the resource for the knowledge on how to implement healthy, sustainable projects. He “hung up his hammer” and opened one of the first green building, consulting firms in the nation. By helping to develop standards for the American Lung Association, National Home Builders Association, Florida Green Building Coalition, and USGBC LEED for Homes by either writing the standard or testing the viability of the standard in the field, he was able to provide his firm with a thorough understanding of the science of building sustainable, healthy, environmentally conscious, and affordable solutions for the building industry. He was “green” before “green” was more than a color. Our President, Drew M. Smith, LEED AP, was the founding President of the Florida Green Building Coalition and is the first Governor appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida. Two Trails, Inc. provides hands-on consulting making it easy to achieve certification. About Two Trails, Inc. | Two Trails, Inc. is one of the nations premier Green Building Consulting firm established in 2001. We provide green consulting services nationwide for commercial, residential, remodeling, and developments seeking to obtain LEED certification and/or LEED Commissioning by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), National Green Building Certification by NAHB Research Center, Energy Star by the U.S. Department of Energy, & Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) certifications.
Contact Information: Tom Rupp Two Trails, Inc. Communications and Marketing Manager tom at twotrails.com 941-776-8680