Media invited to attend ceremony to certify water-conserving homes for first-time buyers

News Release

On Thursday, November 5, six Hidden Creek community families will receive the keys to their new water-conserving, affordable homes they helped to build.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has partnered with non-profit builder Florida Home Partnership, Inc. to certify these homes as part of the Florida Water StarSM Gold program. This voluntary certification program for builders encourages water efficiency in household appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes.

Florida Home Partnership, Inc., formerly known as Homes for Hillsborough, is a not-for-profit housing developer that provides affordable housing opportunities for first-time homebuyers through “sweat equity” and the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. The families recently completed months of work helping to build their new homes.

“We are pleased to have a developer on board that caters to first-time home buyers,” said Susan Douglas, Florida Water StarSM Gold certification coordinator. “This partnership emphasizes that environmentally-friendly homes can also be affordable.” The community will feature low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency toilets and ENERGY STAR® appliances as well as limited irrigation systems and low-maintenance, Florida-friendly landscaping.

“We want to help our clients build homes that save water, both for their own cost savings and for the benefit of the environment. Signing on to Water Star Gold is evidence of our commitment to efficient, green building standards,” said Eileen Burke, Florida Home Partnership, Inc. administrative coordinator.

Event Details:

Event: Florida Water StarSM Gold Home Certification

Date: November 5, 2009

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: 15409 Key Breeze Place, Wimauma, FL 33598

Guests: Invitation only, with the exception of news media

Lunch: Will be provided

For more information about the event, please contact Robyn Felix at (800) 423-1476, ext. 4770.

For more information about Florida Home Partnership, Inc., please contact Eileen Burke at (813) 672-7860, ext. 245.

For more information on how to become a certified Florida Water StarSM Gold Gold community, please contact Susan Douglas at (800) 423-1476, ext. 4752.