Central South Carolina Home Will Test Sustainable Landscape Rating System
Seneca, SC May 25, 2010 — The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) announced the selection of the Julia Frugoli and Harry Kurtz Platinum Certified LEED® Home in Central, SC as one of the first landscapes to participate in a new program testing the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction and maintenance.
The Frugoli-Kurtz home will join 174 other pilot projects from 34 states as well as from Canada, Iceland and Spain as part of an international pilot project program to evaluate the new SITES rating system for sustainable landscapes, with and without buildings. Sustainable landscapes can clean water, reduce pollution and restore habitats, while providing significant economic and social benefits to land owners and municipalities.
SITES, a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden, selected Fugoli-Kurtz home based on its extensive environmentally friendly elements. These sustainable practices include: a totally enclosed rainwater collection and usage system, which will provide adequate water for irrigation of the entire landscape throughout the year without utilizing any potable water sources. The system will also provide the opportunity to convert what is now existing lawn area into a wooded wildlife habitat area adjoining the collection pond.
Frugoli-Kurtz home joins the Flight 93 National Memorial, the Smithsonian Institution’s African American History & Culture museum and other projects that include academic and corporate campuses, public parks with hundreds of acres, transportation corridors and private residences of less than one acre. The Frugoli-Kurtz home landscape plan was designed by SC Landscape Architect Nat Bradford of Eco-Art LLC in Seneca, SC; and was coincidentally awarded all of the LEED® innovation project bonus points available for all categories – a first for landscape architecture in the United States. The site was developed with a theme of sustainable water and energy use. Like the other pilot projects, the site will test the point system for achieving different levels of site sustainability on a 250-point scale, and the performance benchmarks associated with specific credits within the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009.
SITES will use feedback from this and the other selected projects during the pilot phase, which runs through June 2012, to revise the final rating system and reference guide by early 2013. The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, anticipates incorporating the guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of its LEED® Green Building Rating System™.
About the Sustainable Sites Initiative The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to transform land development and management practices with the nation's first voluntary rating system for sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. As these guidelines become the accepted practices by professionals and non-professionals alike, they will transform the ways we design and build on the land, creating landscapes that nourish life for generations to come. For more information, visit www.sustainablesites.org.
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