Hanson Hardscapes Helps Miami Go "Platnium"
Hanson Hardscapes had the chance to participate in the construction of an affordable, green home in Miami, expected to receive LEED Platinum certification, the highest level available. Hanson partnered with the City of Miami, Palmetto Homes of Miami Inc. and youth from Miami Partnership for Action in Communities Task Force (MPACT) to build the sustainable home. At-risk teens were provided with “green” jobs, for which they trained with the builders and manufacturers on-site. This is the second green home initiative for the City of Miami and Southern Florida.
Hanson Hardscapes’ Pompano Beach, FL, facility was contacted by Palmetto Homes to provide its Aquaflow permeable paving system for the home’s driveway. Aquaflow is designed to manage storm water runoff as an environmentally sensitive and affordable solution. Aquaflow’s Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) cleans pollutants, supports groundwater recharge and creates a durable and hard surface with an attractive finish. The home is expected to receive certification as a Florida Friendly Yard from the Florida Friendly Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) Program, which provides education on how to create attractive, healthy and low maintenance landscapes.
“We were happy to provide our product, which qualifies for LEED credits in Sustainable Sites and Materials & Resources with opportunities in Innovation & Design,” said Bob Christensen, Senior Vice President Hanson Building Products East Region. “Hanson seeks opportunities to supply eco-friendly products and practice sustainable operations in hopes that these construction practices will soon become mainstream in the building industry.”
Environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes have proven to save homeowners between 25 to 65 percent in utility costs each month. Hanson Hardscapes and partnering builders and manufactures complied with benchmarks established by the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Teens were able to gain first-hand experience in sustainable construction and contribute to their community.
“Educating youth on the importance of sustainability is vital, and we were glad to have the chance to do so with this project,” added Christensen.
Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado attended a ribbon cutting for the new home February 19 along with the Battle family, the new proud owners of the green home located in Liberty City, Miami.
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