ORLANDO, Fla., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Don't wait to enter Florida Realtors® annual Environmental Award program, or you may be green with ENVY when the winner is chosen. Popularly known as the "ENVY" award, the honor goes to a development that best preserves Florida's natural quality of life. The award may be given in two categories: one for residential development and one for commercial development.
Summit East Technology Park, a 117-acre commercial development in Tallahassee, won Florida Realtors' 24th ENVY Award last year. Designed in harmony with Florida's natural resources, the project was recognized for demonstrating green building practices.
Summit East Technology Park is located at the crossroads of Highway 90 and Interstate 10, two major traffic corridors in eastern Leon County, Fla. The project's founder, Rick Kearney, was committed to building an ecologically friendly and "green" community, but he also wanted to create a place where businesses could utilize the latest advances in technology, according to Summit officials.
Judges praised the development as a "comprehensive, green development that exemplifies the benefit of establishing an environmentally conscious framework within the planning and design stages of a project." They noted that the quality of the spaces in between and surrounding the buildings was given as much importance as the quality of the buildings themselves. With its conservation areas, outdoor amenities and civic events, Summit East provides excellent recreation and common areas for its tenants, visitors and families.
Some of the other environmentally-concerned developments named as past ENVY Award winners include: Oakland Park, Baldwin Park, Verandah, Lakewood Ranch, Wild Heron, Harmony, World Golf Village, Solivita, Amelia Island Plantation and Viera.
The winner in each category will receive a distinctive Lucite trophy, recognition at Florida Realtors 2014 Conference and Trade Show, Aug. 13-17, and statewide news coverage as Florida's top environmentally conscious builder. A panel of distinguished environmental and planning professionals judges the competition. The entry deadline is Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
ELIGIBILITY: All Florida commercial developments are eligible. Also, all planned residential developments with a minimum of 30 residential units in Florida qualify. Residential developments must be currently available for marketing and must include a model home.
JUDGING CRITERIA: For each criteria category, applicants should explain how the project goes above and beyond current environmental preservation and/or building code minimal requirements. Please include photos, site plans and other documents that illustrate your points to the judges. Provide narrative that clearly demonstrates and explains the development's environmental features, environmental or preservation activities and design aspects to help the judges better review your project. Explain what makes your project stand out from the rest – what are you the most proud of? Why should your development receive Florida Realtors ENVY Award? These are the things judges want to know.
Commercial: (1) Preservation of natural flora and fauna; (2) Architectural compatibility; (3) Design in scale and context with surrounding environment; (4) Open space and access/usability of surrounding environment; (5) Common area access and usefulness;
(6) Streets, pedestrian and bicycle access; (7) Drainage as a design feature;
(8) Marketability; and (9) Tell us what makes your project stand out from the rest – what are you the most proud of?
Residential: (1) Preservation of natural flora and fauna; a) Highlight any restoration areas or efforts; b) Include any corridors/buffer zones; c) Highlight wetlands areas; (2) Landscaping/compatibility with surrounding environment; (3) Design in scale and context with surrounding environment; a) Highlight and explain any specific "green" standards and/or certification standards endorsed by the project – such as standards from the Florida Green Building Coalition, LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development) standards or National Home Builders green building standards; (4) Open space and access/usability of open space; a) Highlight green space and unusual features; (5) Family recreation and common areas; a) Highlight special areas; (6) Streets and safety features; (7) Drainage and stormwater design features; a) Highlight any unique stormwater plans; (8) Marketability; and (9) Tell us what makes your project stand out from the rest – what are you the most proud of?
SUBMISSION: There is no entry limit and no cost to enter. Please email the necessary documentation either as a PDF, send a flash drive or send it in a three-ring binder. The entry should include the following material in this order: (1) A written overview of the development (maximum of four pages, typed, double spaced – remember it can be scanned and sent as a PDF file); (2) Supporting material and photographs that address the judging criteria in order as listed above — no videotapes or slides; and (3) A set of land development plans and other supporting data, if warranted. Upon request, entry materials may be returned after judging.
DEADLINE: All entries must be received at Florida Realtors' headquarters by Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Send submissions via regular mail to ENVY Award, Florida Realtors, 7025 Augusta National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822-5017. Or send entries as pdfs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the ENVY award, call 407-438-1400, ext. 2326.
Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 127,000 members in 61 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.
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