(Tampa, FL) – FishHawk Ranch, by Newland Communities, is proud to announce that it has been named the 2010 Development of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This prestigious award exemplifies Newland Communities’ dedication to creating sustainable, livable communities.

This industry honor recognizes projects for sustainable practices limiting the impact of the development to the land. FishHawk Ranch has numerous systems, practices and policies in place including the preservation of ecosystems and sophistication circulation designs in its utility systems. More specifically, it has preserved/provided aquifer recharge areas in uplands and ensured that nearly all streets are lined with native trees. In 2009, FishHawk Ranch became Tampa’s first residential community to be certified green by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

“It is our philosophy that true sustainability is conceived in the planning stages of development,” said Rick Harcrow, senior VP of operations for Newland Communities. “Being recognized by the NAHB really reinforces that we are continuously striving to create enduring communities.”

Implemented many years ago, the Newland “Healthy Living Systems” philosophy continues to lay the foundation for new, sustainable communities across the state and country. Newland believes green means you must constantly challenge the status quo, inside and outside of the industry, to establish innovative best practices that improve its residents’ quality of life, studying environmental impact at the community level, before, during and post-construction.

“This development is a great example of green building done right while also done beautifully,” said Eric Borsting, chair of the NAHB Green Building subcommittee. “This should be an example for builders and developers everywhere to look to when constructing energy-efficient and earth-friendly housing in their own communities and developments.”

Additional information about the NAHB National Green Building Awards is at www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards. Information about FishHawk Ranch or Newland Communities can be found at www.newlandcommunities.com.

About FishHawk Ranch
The FishHawk Ranch Welcome Center and 12 model homes are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call (813) 685-7500 or visit our website at www.fishhawkranch.com.

About Newland Communities
Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the United States. With over 40 years of experience, Newland and its affiliates have completed or have underway more than 140 diverse real estate developments, over 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space and 175,000 residential units in 14 states. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Newland is currently developing four master-planned new-home communities in Hillsborough County, Florida: FishHawk Ranch, Circa FishHawk, MiraBay and Waterset.

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