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Daybreak earns top community and smart growth honors

The Daybreak Community received coveted industry honors as the National Association of Home Builders awarded  them with the 2010 Best in American Living Platinum Award for a Suburban Smart Growth Community andCommunity of the Year. The awards recognize developers, builders and architects from around the country who create enduring communities that reduce environmental impacts. 

Daybreak’s Smart Growth planning adopts many of the early twentieth century building principals by creating developments that are self-sustaining with jobs, retail spaces, recreation and other life essentials within its space. This approach to community development has proven to withstand the test of time in Utah and around the country as many of these types of neighborhoods such as Sugar House, Harvard/Yale, and the Avenues district in Salt Lake City continue to be popular with homebuyers and consistently retain their value over time. Placing schools, shops, restaurants, parks, and transit options closer to home reduces dependence on cars and is part of Daybreak’s smart growth plan. Additional components of this plan include bringing the Mid-Jordan TRAX light rail line to Daybreak in August 2011 and the 2009 opening of the SoDa Row retail district featuring 10 locally owned and operated merchants. Additionally, University of Utah Healthcare will open the South Jordan Health Care Center this fall – a 208,000-square-foot multi-specialty clinic adjacent to the south TRAX station.

The Daybreak community was established by Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper in 2004 with a vision for how sustainable development could be carried out on a large scale. Daybreak balances the social, environmental, and economic needs of residents and local businesses into one vibrant community that provides walkability, lifelong learning, transportation options and a commitment to energy efficiency.  Several of the commercial buildings within the community, like the Rio Tinto Regional Center, are LEED® Certified green buildings, and every Daybreak home is Energy Star® Certified. Kennecott has also worked with home builders to push the boundaries of innovation and sustainable building practices by integrating solar and water-efficient technologies that reduce energy usage and water consumption. 

“It’s gratifying to be acknowledged as being in a position to deliver on our vision,” said Ty McCutcheon, Vice President of Community Development, Kennecott. “We have found that the decisions we made early to construct homes that save energy and water, offer transportation choices, and provide homes and yards that free up time to enjoy nearby parks, are all things that resonate with home buyers in the current economic environment where we are defining a fullness to life while living within our means.”

These awards come on the heels of other milestones for the mixed-use planned community in South Jordan. The community has seen strong growth during the past few years in retail, commercial, and residential sectors amidst a challenging economy.  Since opening six years ago, Daybreak has grown to more than 2,500 households and nearly 9,000 residents. In 2009, Daybreak was ranked as the sixth best selling master planned community (volume) in the U.S. by RCLCO (Robert Charles Lesser & Co., LLC) a leading independent real estate advisory firm. During the past four years, Daybreak has been the top selling new home community in Utah with one in five new homes sold in Salt Lake County located in Daybreak.