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New Florida

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 15, 2014 4:57:00 PM

Florida, one of the fastest growing states, is not known for its green housing. But this LEED Gold home in Winter Park, not far from Orlando, breaks that pattern. Its contemporary design contains many elements familiar in what you might call the “snowbird vernacular” of modern Florida architecture: large expanses of glass, an open floorplan, a back yard lanai, and an open interior with little trim. But unlike so many Florida homes--built to code but no better--nearly every aspect of this home has an energy- or water-saving purpose.  
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Topics: Green Landscaping, LEED, Energy Recovery Ventilation, HERS, 2600 to 3400 square feet, natural daylighting, green roof, 2010 Green Home of the Year Awards, LED Lighting, rainwater harvesting, salvaged materials, Florida, Recycled Products

Cove Community

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Sep 1, 2012 9:45:00 AM

Seabourn Cove, the largest green multifamily community in the country, doesn’t have a decorated model open, yet rentals are being snapped up as quickly as each new building opens its doors. Nearly 50% of the projected 456-townhome community in Boynton Beach, Fla., is leased out, primarily, says the development team, because of its energy- and money-saving green features.

“Today, to hit the market, you have to look at the end user,” says Rick Lococo, managing partner of Seabourn Cove. “We have people waiting in lines. The velocity is fantastic. These people can all buy homes, but they want to live in high-end units. They are educated and prefer energy efficiency and are concerned about the environment.”

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Topics: Energy Star, water saving, Community Rebuilding, Florida

VIDEO: Flex House

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 24, 2012 8:52:00 AM

A closer look at the solar power cooled house in Florida designed for the Solar Decathlon. To learn more, visit the Flex House page, or Christine Farnsworth's blog.

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Topics: solar, Solar Decathlon, Florida

Flex House

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jan 23, 2012 2:49:00 PM

Before air conditioning, Floridians looked to tropical breezes and shade aids for indoor comfort. Team Florida has updated “the wisdom of Florida vernacular design with modern technology.”

Durable, adjustable, louvered shutters fabricated from native Florida cypress provide the shade. Some panels glide. Native cypress is naturally resistant to insects and weathering.

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Topics: solar, Energy Recovery Ventilation, solar hot water, Solar Decathlon, Florida

Green Miami Dream

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 14, 2011 2:12:00 PM

THE FIRST PLATINUM LEED CERTIFIED GREEN HOME IS BEING BUILT IN MIAMI BEACH, within walking distance of South Beach. The 3,200-square-foot home will be the first to house its own wind turbine to generate electricity, taking it off the grid as much as possible, which means lower electric bills saving money in the long run especially as electricity prices keep climbing. That's among many of the home’s green features, including a water recycling system making it less dependent on city water and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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Topics: LEED, 2600 to 3400 square feet, Florida, wind power


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