Located on Florida’s west coast in Manatee, and Sarasota county. Lakewood Ranch is the largest green certifed community in the nation! This 31,000 acre sustainable green community has been certified green by the florida green building coalition. Lakewood Ranch has everything any green homeowner could desired in a carefully planned sustainable community. Offering ten distict individual shopping districts,including specialty shops, boutiques, town centers,neighborhood plazas,professional services,cultural centers, gourmet restaurants,variety of entertainment options, and major anchor tenants. Half of the communities 8,500 acres is set aside for open space with over 150 miles of trails for walking, biking and multiple recreation activities: including 36 holes of private golf, 18 separate tennis courts, polo,cricket and over 80 different of types of clubs available for any discerning resident to select and participate in.
There are eight public schools that offer A ratings consistently in the top Florida state ranking for academic, writing and achievement testing. Fourteen preschools, two private schools and seven advanced education campuses. Offering a myriad selection of continuing education opportunities available for post secondary, technical and custom enrichment opportunities.
Additional areas of interest include year round festivals, arts and crafts,signature events, over 20 places of individual worship available to all residents. The florida green building coalition is statewide, non profit that is an independent green certifying entity. Points are awarded for each of the individual green certifying levels, limited to: bronze,silver,gold and platinum. Individual green home builders accumulate numerical points for selecting and intregrating individual environmentally friendly green products and sustainable techniques from a menu of available green options to choose from.
Homes are visited, reviewed and certified by a third party green verifier. Each of the green certifying levels are upgraded, expanded, and improving on the green certification designation.Individual homeowners receive a certificate of green compliance. Areas of individual certification include: energy efficiency, water resource conservation management,environmental responsibility, and natural land resource preservation, There are ten(10) separate villages included in the Lakewood Ranch development.Each village is tailored to a separate lifestyle to suit the individual sustainable homeowners lifestyle. Residents have the opportunity to select from individual green town homes to custom planned estates. Prices range from the 100’s to over 5 million for a custom planned estate.There are currently 21 carefully selected sustainable home builders that are thoroughly knowledgeable in green construction new home building available for future residents. Currently there is over 15,000 people living within Lakewood Ranch. With over 1,200 individual business headquartered on the ranch.
Commercial business parks include: fiber optic lines, natural gas service,non potable reuse irrigation water systems, Business Park locations are carefully planned around historic Florida ranch land providing wetland protection, and environmental stewardship. There is over 1.5 billion in annual local business activity on Lakewood Ranch.
Lakewood Ranch’s knowledgeable greenbrokers total home sales has escalated from 264 in 2015 to 360 sales in 2016. This sales activity has moved the master planned green community to number five in the nation for green building activity! The top selling village was the villages.
GREEN KEY VILLAGE
Green Key village is a 148 home planned green community located in sunny Lady Lake central Florida. Just a short drive from Ocala and Orlando. These super efficient homes are constructed to net zero certification. Based upon the energy use patterns of energy consumption using the Resent HERS scale.
In order to obtain net zero certification, zero on the HERS Index, with no annual energy bills. Ekotrope software analyzed the energy efficient specific design elements selecting the most efficient combination for each home owners comfort and investment. Each Green Key Village home is constructed to Florida green building coalition standards and third party verified by Green built solutions. Three different types of exterior construction is available: Frame construction, concrete construction or poured concrete wall construction. Roofing is Good house keeping approved singles with UV blocker using 30 lb. felt.
Insulation is open spray foam creating a tight thermal barrier. The garage is separately sealed from the home with its own individual motion controlled exhaust fan installed and a heavy insulated garage door preventing radiated heat from entering. Specific green construction building elements constructed within each net zero energy home include: Exterior walls: 2x4 with FG Batts and orientated strand board sheathing and whole house wrap. Roof Insulation: open spray foam of 5 inches on roof rafters, inside the conditioned building envelope. Window: low E 270 reducing heat gain by 50%, dual pane Argon gas filled. Heating system: Amana two ton 9 HSPF. Cooling system: Amana 2 ton 15 SEER Interior lighting; Combined 25% CFL and 75% LED with motion detector switches. PV package: 6.24 Kilowatt , .96 KW East Ventilation: Energy star exhaust fans and Energy star ceiling fans. Hot water system: Geo spring HP 2.4 EF rated.
With the above selected combination of energy efficient items homeowners enjoy zero energy bills. Additional benefits include the solar photovoltaic system is financed using the greenmortgage. The homeowner also receives a 30% federal tax credit for the total cost of the solar array. There are currently eight different floor plans offered at Green Key Village ranging in size from 3 bedroom 2 bath up to 5 bedroom 3 bath. Additional features included in home include: Water Sense approved fixtures, And all Energy Star approved appliances. Community features include: Gated entry way, fitness trails, community garden, pool, dog park, children’s playground and bath house. These super efficient energy homes start at: 350K.
Recent upgrades to the community include: 1,800 sq. ft. picket ball court. 1,700 sq. ft. tennis court, 2,350 basketball court. Additionally a new community swimming pool with two pavilions are under construction.