Summary: The National Green Building Program is the first and only residential green building-rating program to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The National Green Building Standard was established in 2007 and five years later in 2012 Seabourn Cove is the Largest Multi family project to receive a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Gold Certification.
Seabourn Cove (seabourncove.com) is located in Boynton Beach, FL. The project consists of multiple phases totaling 456 units on 23 acres of land. The buildings are amazing two to three stories high featuring single flats around 800 square feet to 3 bedroom units including parking garages. There will be a mixed population of occupants including families to singles.
Obtaining a GOLD level of the National Green Building Standard ICC 700 is a very proud accomplishment. Few multi-family communities attain this caliber of environmental performance, and even fewer have the independent, third-party certification to prove that achievement. Compliance with the National Green Building Standard is especially significant for communities within the Boynton Beach, Florida area. The practices and products selected for this project collectively help protect the health and vitality of Boynton Beach for the enjoyment and use of residents today and in the future. It’s a win-win solution. Residents get a great home where they can live more comfortably, with lower operating costs, in a healthier home and the local community can continue to reap all the rewards and benefits that Boynton Beach has to offer.
The Builder Gulfstream Gardens, owners The Housing Group, and green certifier Two Trails Inc, are all very proud to achieve this level of certification with the National Green Building Standard. “It is very exciting to be a part of these projects, but it is extra special when we can be the first to show others that with hard work and dedication achieving high levels of “Green Certification” is possible”, stated Drew Smith President of Two Trails Inc. Listed below are just a few highlighted features of this project.
- Located near community services, stores, and transit so residents have transportation options
- Construction waste plan implemented to recycle at least 50% of construction and land waste
- Insulation and air sealing were all inspected after installation to maximize comfort in all units
- Energy Star lighting fixtures reduce utility costs
- Efficient bathroom fixtures, such as toilets, showerheads, & faucets use less water
- Advanced framing techniques in the buildings reduced lumber use, minimized wood waste, and maximized their energy efficiency
- Green Label carpets are installed to reduce the level of pollutants in the buildings
- Low VOC adhesives and sealants used to reduce indoor air pollutants along with MERV 8 HVAC filters
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.
About Two Trails, Inc. | Two Trails, Inc. is a Green Building Consulting firm established in 2001. We provide green consulting/commissioning services nationwide for commercial, residential, remodeling, and developments looking to obtain LEED USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), National Green Building Certification Program by NAHB Research Center, Energy Star, & Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) certifications.
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.
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