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MCKINNEY, TEXAS — Fore Property Co. has opened what is being touted as North Texas' first eco-friendly multifamily community. Called Greenhaven, the Class A community, which is located at 8690 Virginia Parkway in McKinney, is applying for a multitude of sustainable certifications, including Green Built Texas, Energy Star and the new LEED for Homes program.

Sustainable features of Greenhaven include high-efficiency fixtures and state-of-the-art irrigation systems with self-contained weather stations to keep water use to a minimum. To save on energy costs, units are equipped with Energy Star windows and appliances, high-efficiency HVAC units and compact fluorescent lights throughout the buildings. The community was designed to be up to 20 percent more efficient than multifamily properties built just as recently as 2004. Other green features include low-VOC paints and interior materials as well as a community-wide recycling program.

“It is estimated that Greenhaven will reduce our residents' carbon footprint by roughly 280 tons per year,” said Brad Miller, partner at Fore Property Co., in a statement. “That is the equivalent of taking 70 cars [at 30 miles per gallon] off the road each year. The residents will use about 900,000 gallons less water each year and will save $1.6 million in energy costs over the next 20 years by achieving LEED certification.”

Greenhaven contains 216 one- to three-bedroom units ranging in size from 675 to 1,362 square feet. In addition to the 10 residential buildings, the community also contains a clubhouse featuring a billiards lounge, a business center, a coffee bar with wireless Internet access, a fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen and grilling area. Other amenities include a 2,000-square-foot dog park and a fountain terrace.

Construction is complete for the clubhouse and the first residential building. Completion of the entire project is expected in February. Fore Property Co. is the owner and developer of Greenhaven, and BGO Architects is the project architect. The general contractor is CANV Construction, an affiliate of Fore.

— Coleman Wood

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