Florida Water Star℠ for Builders and Developers

Benefits to builders and owners

  • Saves an estimated $530 on utility bills annually, adding up to water savings of up to 48,291 gallons in one year per home
  • Increases home values by approximately $10,000; per The Appraisal Journal, home values typically increase by $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills
  • Provides free marking support through customizable company brochures, plaques for homeowner display and free real estate staff training
  • Accentuates a “green” marketing edge
  • Adds building appeal
  • Aligns with other “green” certification and recognition programs, such as ENERGY STAR®, the Florida Green Building Coalition's green standard and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, to provide a project with as much recognition as possible.

Value to buyers and tenants

  • Answers their interest in being “green”
  • Saves money on utilities
  • Lessens maintenance costs
  • Increases resale or leasing value

How to get started

  1. Find out if your project is within the District’s boundaries.
  2. Getting a project started takes planning. Florida Water Star certification is earned by meeting the program’s prerequisites and meeting the criteria in areas of landscaping, irrigation and indoors.
    • Take a look at the appropriate criteria—Residential, Commercial and Institutional or Community.
    • Contact the program coordinator with any questions on the process or criteria.
  3. Sign a Participation Agreement.

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