Green Building & Sustainable Development
Florida Homebuilder Among First Nationwide to Build only LEED Certified Homes
A leading advocate of new urbanism in
north Florida and one of the state's most innovative development companies,
K2 Urbancorp LLC, announced today that it will henceforth only build homes
that meet the tough new green building standards formally adopted Thursday
by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and announced in Chicago.
The company is currently in the second phase of creating a new
traditional neighborhood community named Evening Rose in Tallahassee -
Florida's capital city. The $80 million, 36-acre, in-fill development will
feature 132 homes and a walkable town center with more than
120,000-square-feet of retail, restaurant, commercial, and live-work space.
Construction on the initial homes is complete and USGBC certification is
anticipated this month on what will be North Florida's first LEED certified
"We are incredibly proud to be at the forefront of what is becoming a
national movement in home building," said K2 Urbancorp
CEO David Wamsley,
who was invited to attend the USGBC announcement in Chicago.
"Building the highest quality homes and meeting the industry's
strictest standards for sustainability, environmental construction and
energy conservation -- from the ground up -- is the future of homebuilding
in America," Wamsley said. "Further, we are demonstrating that this can be
accomplished without increasing the cost of a home to consumers."
Steven Winter, of Steven Winter Associates and chairman of USGBC from
1999 to 2003, congratulated K2 Urbancorp on its comprehensive commitment to
the USGBC LEED for Homes standards.
"It's inspiring to see a builder truly be innovative, and to apply
these rigorous national standards, to every home they build going forward,"
Winter added. "Just wait until the public gets a chance to see what K2
Urbancorp is doing down there."
The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System is the nationally accepted
benchmark for high performance green buildings. The voluntary rating system
sets the standard for design, construction, and operation of high
performance green buildings, giving building owners and operators the tools
they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their building's
performance. LEED promotes a whole- building approach to sustainability by
recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental
health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency,
materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
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