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Newpark Town Center gets LEED certification

(Park Record) Newpark Town Center is the first and only neighborhood in Utah recognized by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is sometimes referred to as LEED certification.

"There are a couple in Nevada, but in Utah there is nothing else," said Noe Flores, a spokesman for the Green Building Certification Institute, which oversees LEED.

Few projects were picked to participate in the LEED for Neighborhood Development program, which is a third-party certification, Flores said.

"The point of LEED is to build in an environmentally conscious way," he said. "The importance of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system is that it basically integrates green building, urbanism and a national system for neighborhood design."

By stressing connectivity, LEED hopes the community's design helps residents stay healthy.

"Basically, everything about this whole entire neighborhood is energy efficient, which means fewer car commutes because of where this project is located," Flores said. "These are high-performing neighborhoods that not only save the neighborhood a lot of money as far as energy consumption, but also result in community connectivity, making these communities much stronger and more untied."

Newpark contains housing, a hotel and commercial real estate east of State Road 224 at Kimball Junction.

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