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My water interests stem from my work with the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, an interdisciplinary, self-funded, entrepreneurial group that promotes the adoption of ?best design, construction and management practices? in new residential master planned developments. Residential construction is a primary driver of Florida?s economy. Over the last decade ~130,000 new single-family, detached homes have been built annually in Florida. A direct consequence of this growth is a steadily increasing demand for energy and water, as is the rapid transformation of Florida?s natural environment.Most of Florida?s larger new residential developments are master planned communities that start with basic land use planning activities and end with homes being constructed on finished lots. In addition they frequently involve the design and construction of major amenities such as golf courses. These communities represent a major transformation of land use, which could potentially benefit from the services of University of Florida faculty. Expertise in environmental engineering, energy, water, wildlife, forestry, landscape architecture, and building construction are a few of the disciplines that intersect with the needs of developers trying to build more sustainable communities. The Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC) was established in 2004 to identify and coordinate educational and analytical resources available at the University of Florida to support the design, construction and management of more resource efficient residential developments.The mission of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities is to promote the adoption of best design, construction and management practices in new residential community developments that measurably reduce energy and water consumption and environmental degradation. Our focus extends from lot level through site development to surrounding lands and ecological systems. The Program supports implementation of resource efficient community development practices through: ? Direct training and consulting activities, ? Applied research projects/case studies, ? Academic courses and degree programs, and ? Partnering with ?green? certification programs.We recognize that the Program?s success depends on building and maintaining an inclusive, multi-disciplinary team focused on best practices for application in residential community design and management.
Keywords: DEVELOPMENTS; IRRIGATION; LANDSCAPES; RESIDENTIAL; STORMWATER
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