The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the first 70 completed and occupied homes in the active adult community of Mirabella with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification. This award is the highest level of LEED certification and recognizes Mirabella as a unique and healthy environment for active adults, making this 55+ community one of the very few residential communities to receive platinum certification in the U.S.
In order to receive LEED certification, each home must earn points in five green design categories: water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, sustainable sites, and indoor environmental quality. The points are accumulated from all categories to determine which of the four levels of LEED certification has been obtained: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Mirabella, which is located in Bradenton, FL, is currently building an additional 37 homes with 53 lots remaining. The builder plans to have all of their homes earn the same level of LEED Platinum certification once completed. Mirabella’s LEED certified homes use about 40% less energy than other homes and feature Energy Star appliances and EPA WaterSense faucets, toilets, and showers that help reduce water consumption. All homes in Mirabella are also inspected for quality control during each phase of construction. "This is the result of two years of work, careful planning, and underscores our commitment to the environment," said Marshall Gobuty, president and developer of Mirabella. "We set out to not only build the highest quality homes in their category in the region, but also pledged to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly all across our active adult community. Earning LEED Platinum status for each home adds greater value to the homes today and in the future."