Florida Water StarSM Certification Now Available in North Florida
Builders and homeowners in north Florida now have the opportunity to participate in the Florida Water StarSM certification program. The Florida Green Building Coalition has been granted permission to administer the program for the Northwest Florida and Suwanee River water management districts.
Florida Water StarSMis a water conservation certification program for new and existing homes and commercial developments. Standards and guidelines for water efficiency are included for indoor fixtures and appliances, landscape design, and irrigation systems.
If you want to apply for certification or just want to update your home or business, following the program guidelines makes it easy for anyone to save water resources. The program outlines standards for a broad range of homes - from a condominium with no yard to an older home on a half-acre lot with an aging irrigation system. Owners of commercial properties and community developments will benefit greatly from the cost savings achieved through Florida Water StarSM certification.
Florida Water StarSM can be effectively integrated into projects along with other programs such as the Florida Green Building Coalition's (FGBC) green standards and EnergyStar.
Florida Water StarSM's performance-based approach can enhance projects by providing a suite of efficiency practices that focus on water use areas specific to Florida.
The charts below represent a 13-month study of Florida Water Star certified homes to non-Florida Water Star homes in the development of Harmony in Central Florida. The principles within FWS have a verifiable benefit - a water reduction of over 733,000 gallons or 34.4% over non-certified homes. Lifestyle choices, appliance selection, and proper operation of irrigation systems can greatly impact potential water savings, therefore, Florida Water Star certification does not guarantee a specific performance level.
For complete program information, visit the Florida Water StarSM website.
For a complete list of Florida Water StarSM certifiers that can help you with your project, visit the Florida WaterSM website. Currently serving the north Florida area are FGBC members ES Green & Company and GreenSmart Companies.