USGBC Awards Waterside Neighborhood at Moorings Park LEED® Silver Certification

08/08/2013

NAPLES, Fla. (August 8, 2013) – The Waterside Neighborhood at Moorings Park was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design. Featuring three luxurious residential buildings, 29 residences, a rooftop garden and the new Trio restaurant, the Waterside homes range from 1,800 to 5,550 square feet.

LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and more healthy and durable for the occupants. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that often includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

The Waterside residences were built by Manhattan-Kraft and designed by Perkins Eastman, Burt Hill Pollack & Krieg and Wegman Design Group, each known for their expertise in building to LEED specifications. Green homes may have substantially lower utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives.

“At Moorings Park, we recognize that our indoor environment has a significant impact on our health and well-being and we are pleased with the development of LEED standards to help guide us,” said Dan Lavender, CEO. “By achieving certification, the Waterside Neighborhood is recognized as a more healthy, high-performing place to live.”

The silver certification was achieved by using high efficiency air conditioning and plumbing fixtures to reduce energy consumption, taking advantage of city supplied re-use water for irrigation rather than potable water along with employing best engineering practices in storm water collection and site management. The use of high efficiency plumbing fixtures and re-use irrigation water resulted in a 55% reduction in potable water consumption. The installation of Energy Star appliances and high efficient air conditioning systems has contributed to a 16.5% reduction in energy bills.

“As LEED-certified residences, the Waterside Neighborhood at Moorings Park serves as a model of greener living for the entire community,” said Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development for the USGBC. “These homes set the example that we can all live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting our utility bills, and coming home to a greener place to live.”

About Moorings Park (MooringsPark.org)
Moorings Park® is a nationally accredited, nonprofit, Medicare certified community and the only A+ S&P and Fitch rated continuing care retirement community in the country. 
 
For more than 35 years, Moorings Park has established the reputation as the premier retirement community in southwest Florida. 
 
Nestled on 83-acres, Moorings Park is located in the City of Naples. Moorings Park offers casual and fine dining, tennis, fitness, lifelong learning, creative arts and exciting social programs. Life Care at Moorings Park includes Independent Living, with unlimited access to Assisted Living at Orchid Terrace and Skilled Nursing at The Chateau.

About USGBC
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations all sharing USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.

About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 18,000 units have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 75,000 have registered and are in process. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.