Special to the Journal
A community in Warwick is the first in the state to earn land development certification under the National Green Building Standard.
Flint River Preserve is a 373-acre residential development with 130 home sites, five catch and eat fishing lakes, community garden, over a mile of Flint River frontage, community pavilion and pool, and over 250 acres of common area. The community offers three different types of home sites: Flint River frontage, estate sites fronting on lakes or wildlife habitat, and village sites.
“The certification of Flint River Preserve is an indication of FRP, LLC’s commitment to move green building practices into the mainstream,” said Bob Jones, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.
Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the ICC-700, or National Green Building Standard, sets benchmarks and a verification protocol for single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums, remodeling, lot and site development and all kinds of residential construction.
Already, more than 1,200 new homes, renovation projects and subdivisions have been certified to the standard at www.nahbgreen.org, the online home of NAHB Green.
Flint River Preserve earned a four star designation, the programs highest honor. Points were earned for conserving the natural resources, such as hardwood bottomlands, stream buffers, and native flora. Land planning included minimal land disturbance, transplanting of existing trees, minimizing turf areas, creating bio-swales, and utilizing natural water and drainage features. Wildlife corridors and habitat areas have been preserved and over two thirds of the community is maintained as common areas for the enjoyment of all community members.
Developer Jake Bowen stated, “This designation is a great honor and reward for three years of planning and implementing the practices of sustainable development. Our goal of providing a natural setting for a rural development with the security of a gated community has been recognized by NAHB and we are grateful. We look forward to sharing our vision with our builders and homeowners.”