New LEED certified green home to be constructed in South Tampa

06/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
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This morning in South Tampa, a local green building consulting firm broke ground on a home pursuing a LEED-PLATINUM level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Darren Brinkley is the President of REAL building, which has designed several green buildings in the Tampa Bay area in the past 3 years. He said he has big ambitions for the new house.

Brinkley said one of the features that his REAL Design team is building is an automated natural ventilation system.

The house also includes over 20 Green energy features, including a Solar Hot Water and Distribution System, LED Lights that will reduce power consumption and a Rainwater Harvesting Cistern that’s designed to supply 90 to 100% of the potable and outdoor requirements with indoor water.

The home is being built for Drs. Michael and Anna Parsons, who live across the street from where the groundbreaking took place. They purchased the previous home that sat on the lot a decade ago, and will construct it near a grand live oak tree.

Thom Snelling is the City of Tampa’s Green Officer. He said the best thing the City could do to help green builders is to insure that their building codes don’t affect construction.

John Dingfelder has been a leader on the Tampa City Council in trying to facilitate the creation of more energy efficient homes.

REAL Design’s Darren Brinkley says that the perception that a Green House is much more expensive than one without such energy efficient features is not true.

Josh Bomstein is the President of USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter. He agrees with Brinkley that green features included in the original design of a home make it much more affordable than adding on those things on an existing home.

He said currently there is only one GOLD certified home in the Tampa Bay area at the present time, but he’s seeing more in the business sector.

Home owner Anna Parsons says even though she’s going to soon move into a home that c could be considered revolutionary in her South Tampa neighborhood, she’s downsizing, in a way.

No specific time table was announced for when the Parsons new home would be built, but it’s expected to take a number of months.

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