Certifying excellence in water conservation, saving resources and protecting the environment
The Florida Water Star program is a statewide, voluntary water conservation certification program for new and existing residential homes and commercial buildings. The program encourages water efficiency in appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes, as well as water quality benefits from landscape best management practices.
The program outlines standards for a broad range of homes – from a residential home on a half-acre lot to a high-rise commercial building. By building to Florida Water Star standards, a multitude of benefits are available including a property requiring less maintenance, lower utility bills, increased home value and peace of mind. Based on estimates, a Florida Water Star homeowner can save up to 20 percent of water use annually. Statewide, nearly 900 residential homes, 14 commercial buildings and seven communities have been certified to meet Florida Water Star standards. Of these, more than 300 residential homes and one commercial building are located within Hillsborough County.
Why a certification program? Florida Water Star certification provides assurance that a house or building meets a suite of efficiency practices that focus on water use specific to Florida. In addition, Florida Water Star is effectively integrated into projects along with other programs such as ENERGY STAR®, the Florida Green Building Coalition’s green standards, and the US Green Building Coalition‘s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.