55 Places (08/02/16) Rocha, Mayra
Mirabella, a 55-and-up community in Bradenton, Fla., has received the LEED for Homes Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making Mirabella a prominent green community in Florida. Mirabella is setting new standards in the homebuilding industry with its sustainability practices and energy efficient designs. "Mirabella is setting a new standard for energy efficiency in residential development that is challenging the status quo," says Calcs-Plus owner Dennis Stroer. In order to receive LEED certification, each home must earn points in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environment quality. The total number of points in these categories determines which of the four levels of LEED certification has been achieved: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Mirabella earned Platinum level, identifying it as a unique and healthy environment for active adults. This rating enables Mirabella residents to save money on their bills each month and enjoy long-term financial benefits such as tax breaks, zoning allowances, and increased property values. In addition, Mirabella's homes are Engery Star and HERS certified, which provide even more cost-saving, energy-efficient advantages for active adult home buyers.