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Fla. project woos buyers with lower energy bills

BRADENTON, Fla. – Oct. 20, 2016 – A new LEED-Platinum active adult community in Bradenton, Fla., is attracting homebuyers by offering low energy bills, even during the hot and humid summer months.
The 42-acre Mirabella development will have 160 green homes at buildout that use nearly 40 percent less energy than a typical home, reports developer Marshall Gobuty.
Each home features Energy Star appliances and WaterSense faucets, toilets, showers and irrigation controllers, which help cut water consumption substantially with no reduction in overall performance. In addition, spray foam insulation provides a barrier up to 50 percent tighter and more effective against moisture and allergens than traditional insulation.
Finally, high-end vinyl windows are standard and help keep cool air indoors, driving energy costs further down.
Mirabella’s villa residences, which start at $270,880, average around 1,500 square feet of living space.
Bradenton Realtor Peggy Christ says that homebuyers, especially seniors on a fixed income, are looking for long-term savings on energy costs. “LEED Platinum certified homes are exceedingly rare, particularly in this price range,” remarks Christ. “These homes … will also have high resale value.”
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Source: Florida Realtors Feed

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