Tim Glover of Micco Recognized For Conservation Effort
By SpaceCoastDaily // June 17, 2013
CONSERVATION & THE ENVIRONMENT
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BREVARD COUNTY • MICCO, FLORIDA – Tim Glover’s dream home in Micco is a study in self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship.
Glover, of the South Brevard County community of Micco, has earned a Gold designation from the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Florida Water Star program for his environmental and water-saving efforts – placing his home among the first in Brevard County to meet updated and rigorous certification criteria as defined by Water Star program.
Glover’s home borders the north prong of the St. Sebastian River. To minimize stormwater runoff impacts, he built an elaborate wetland that incorporates spartina grass and coquina rocks to slow water flow and capture sediments.
Inside, Glover installed efficient toilets, faucets, showers, dishwasher and clothes washer. He has a 5,200-gallon rainwater collection system to serve all of his indoor needs, including water for drinking. A hydro-geothermal system heats and cools his home using groundwater as the cooling agent.
WATER STAR PROGRAM
Glover’s environmental and water-saving efforts are an opportunity to focus on the water-conserving features of programs like Florida Water Star – a water conservation certification program for new and existing homes and commercial developments.
The program promotes the economic and environmental benefits of efficiency in new home construction by offering resources and incentives to builders and homebuyers who value water efficiency.
“The Florida Water Star Program has two levels of certification – Silver and Gold. To achieve Gold certification, a builder or homeowner incorporates a higher standard for water efficiency and includes water-quality best management practices,” said Malissa Dillon, director of the Office of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs, which oversees the District’s Florida Water Star program.
“We appreciate Mr. Glover’s achievement in building a sustainable water- and energy-efficient home that meets his needs while also protecting water resources.”
FLORIDA WATER STAR FEATURES
• Water-efficient toilets, faucets, showers, dishwasher and clothes washer.
• A rainwater collection system that serves all indoor water needs.
• On-demand hot water system in the kitchen.
• Native vegetation incorporated in the landscape, including a small wetland area.
• Drought-tolerant turf.
• Shade from new and existing trees.
• No permanent irrigation system.
To learn more about the Florida Water Star program and its guidelines log on to FloridaWaterStar.com