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Sandpearl Resort Earns Florida's LEED Green Building CertificateMay 5, 2009 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor
Clearwater Beach’s Sandpearl Resort has been awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sandpearl is the first resort or hotel in Florida to achieve this distinguished honor and one of only 15 worldwide. Sandpearl Resort opened in August 2007 and is also a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program.
“This certification is the culmination of extraordinary efforts by the entire JMC Communities development team, and proves Clearwater Beach’s commitment to caring for its natural resources,” said Michael Cheezem, CEO of JMC Communities. “We’ve been building on Clearwater Beach for over 15 years, and are thrilled to serve as an example that you can successfully develop in an environmentally responsible manner. JMC Communities is thankful for the efforts of its team, and the unwavering support of the Hunter Family and Greenfield Partners, co-owners of the Sandpearl Resort.”
JMC Communities was the leader behind Sandpearl’s drive to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification, which is based on energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporation of a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. LEED was established for market leaders to design & construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
“We’re honored to receive LEED certification and to be recognized among such an elite group of properties worldwide,” said Lee Weeks, CEO of Coral Hospitality, Sandpearl’s management company. “This certification is just one more step in achieving our goal of being one of the most environmentally friendly resorts in the country.”
LEED certification of Sandpearl was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include: chilled water air-conditioning system; heat recovery exhaust system; in-room energy management system; common areas thermal comfort; ozone assisted laundry; special glazing for windows and sliding glass doors; low emission construction materials; geothermal pool heating system; ozone pool sanitizing system; extensive water conservation systems; waste conservation; and more.
“Since Sandpearl’s conception, we knew we would incorporate green building materials and energy management systems to limit our impact on the environment,” stated Stuart Arp, general manager of the Sandpearl Resort. “This milestone achievement helps ensure that generations of visitors will enjoy Clearwater Beach as we do today.”