It's hard to imagine a community that's greener than Starkey Ranch. Green development is healthier, more beautiful, economical and just the right thing to do.
About half of the community's 2,400 acres are devoted to lakes, ponds, wetlands and parks - 150 acres of parks to be precise. To the north and east, our only neighbor is the 18,000-acre J. B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve. At dawn and dusk the community feels like a bird sanctuary, with wood storks, herons, egrets, cranes and dozens of other varieties out in profusion.
Reclaimed water is used for irrigation in parks, common areas and in individual yards. We employ leading-edge stormwater management techniques to protect the quality of our ground water.
All homes built in Starkey Ranch meet or exceed national standards for energy efficiency. From innovative building processes to insulation to high-efficiency heating and cooling, the builders are creating far more efficient green homes today than ever before. That’s good for your comfort, great for your wallet and even better for the environment. Ask each builder about their green building standards, and about the HERS Index on their home plans.
HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System, and is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home scores a HERS Index of approximately 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower the HERS Index, the more efficient the home, which means you will save on your monthly energy bills.
Starkey Ranch Welcome Center earns Florida Water Star Certification
The Starkey Ranch Welcome Center is the first community information center in the state to earn the Florida Water Star certification, a voluntary program designed to increase water efficiency in landscapes, irrigation, appliances and plumbing fixtures. It is one of only 18 commercial buildings statewide to earn the certification, and the second in Pasco County, along with St. Leo University School of Business.
Inside the Welcome Center, reinforced water supply lines, low-flow toilets, high-efficiency faucets and an Energy Star® dishwater were installed. The landscape includes drought-tolerant plants that use less water, pesticides and herbicides. Starkey Ranch worked with FWS-Accredited irrigation professionals Mark Ballenger and Gail Huff to design and install a water-efficient irrigation system composed primarily of low-volume or micro-irrigation. Only 20.5 inches of irrigation will be applied to the landscape annually, a 15% reduction compared to the permitted average of 29.6 inches.
During the community planning phase, Starkey Ranch development team members met with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to understand responsible standards in water usage and water quality management. This was part of a larger initiative at Starkey Ranch to provide residents with affordable reclaimed water for irrigation, and create a sustainable community using natural resources wisely and cost efficiently.
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Distance Classic showcases community trails
May 10, 2017
On April 29, Starkey Ranch was host to nearly 500 participants in the 2017 Distance Classic, a combination of our 5K and 10K races that took runners through the beautiful trails of the community.
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A Visit from the Starkeys
May 4, 2017
Jay B Starkey, Jr., and his wife Marsha paid a visit to Starkey Ranch today with about 20 friends from St. Petersburg. Welcome Center manager Jane Branham greeted the group and gave them a community update.
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Join us May 13th for the Grand Opening of three Models from Pulte Homes
Apr 26, 2017
You’re invited to visit the newest Starkey Ranch neighborhood, Homestead Park, and tour three gorgeous new model homes from Pulte. The festivities are scheduled for Saturday, May 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live music and refreshments.
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