The Tradition at Verdae’s Dual Energy and Green Building Certifications Ensure Sustainability


By Rebecca Howerton – Upstate Homes Writer

In addition to enjoying a low maintenance lifestyle in elegant, attached homes in the desirable Verdae area, homeowners at the Tradition at Verdae can rest assured their homes will provide environmental sustainability and reduced power bills for years to come. The community will be the first in the Upstate to receive both Energy Star and LEED® for Homes green building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to Brad Van Meter of Greenville Traditions, LLC.

Van Meter, who is developing the community with fellow longtime Greenville resident Gary
Caldwell, said LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is recognized as the premier certification program within the architectural and building industry.

Tradition at Verdae homeowners will be eligible for Energy Efficient Mortgages, which allow the
lender to add the energy savings features to the home’s appraised value, Van Meter said.

With energy prices slated to increase by 20 percent by the end of the year, energy efficiency will be a key consideration for future homeowners, he said.

Van Meter said even without the environmental designations, the Tradition Verdae offers an innovative product for the Greenville market. Modeled after two similar communities in Lexington, Kentucky, the active-adult community will consist of 100 attached homes built on 30 acres with private entrances.

The community’s all-brick, two- and four-bedroom homes with owner’s suites on the first floor offer upscale features that can be customized to suit individual tastes.

Amenities include a clubhouse, exercise center and pool nestled in a park-like setting with walking trails leading to adjacent Verdae neighborhoods, nearby Legacy Park and planned village-style shopping. As a first for Greenville, high-speed FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) data communications will be provided throughout the Verdae development. Caldwell said site grading will begin later this month, with the first model homes slated for construction in December.

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