NAHB Best In American Living - Spring 2015 - (Page 21)
Going Green in
Ohio Prepares for its First NGBS Green Certified Community
With amenities like a clubhouse, pool, and tennis court, the Lakes of
Orange may look like an ordinary community-but its four-star NGBS
Certification makes it stand apart.
By Cindy Wasser
21 BEST IN AMERICAN LIVING | www.bestinamericanliving.com
The Lakes of Orange could have been a typical
suburban new-home community. Instead, its
developer is doing everything it takes to attain
four-star NGBS Green certification.
Situated 14 miles from downtown Cleveland in Orange Village,
The Lakes of Orange might have been any developer's stock-intrade-a 95-acre development of 150 single-family homes built
by four builders on one-quarter to three-quarter-acre lots.
Developer Randy Kertesz has done more than a few of those,
and this time, well, he just wanted to do things differently.
So he's using low-impact development techniques, adding
a nature preserve, and building green homes. And as a result,
The Lakes of Orange is in the process of becoming NGBS Green
Certified at the Four-Star level, the highest certification level
bestowed by Home Innovation Research Labs, and also the
first green certified community in Ohio.
Kertesz, CEO/President of Kertes Enterprises, Inc., purchased
the land for the community over 30 years ago. At the time, the
site was primarily used for hunting. There were only three structures on the site then-two traditional homes and an old barn
that had been converted into a home. Throughout the years,
his vision for the land changed with the market. Plans for the
community shifted from condominium, cluster development,
then to a suburban green community. In 2009, Kertesz learned
about the land development provisions of the National Green
Building Standard (NGBS), which had recently been approved
by ANSI and made available nationwide, and began designing a
community that could seek NGBS Green Certification.
When the housing market began to recover, Kertesz was
ready to execute his newfound vision. By that time, his
company had been building and developing in the region for
nearly 35 years, with a mission to build custom homes at a
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