FishHawk Ranch Recognized for Sustainability and Land Planning Excellence

  FishHawk Ranch Recognized for Sustainability and Land Planning Excellence

            Florida Community Wins Three Prestigious Aurora Awards

Business Wire

LITHIA, Fla. -- July 29, 2013

FishHawk Ranch recently earned three prestigious distinctions for implementing
sustainable practices and thoughtful land planning within its community. These
awards were presented during the Southeast Building Conference’s 2013 Aurora
Awards, a competition run by the Florida Home Builders Association for
projects located within the 12-state Southeastern region and Eastern
Caribbean.

FishHawk Ranch is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA
SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of
SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified
developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business,
Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. It is one of
more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11
states across the United States.

“Newland Communities is committed to sustainable planning and we work hard to
create excellent experiences for our residents long before they even purchase
their homes,” said Tom Panaseny, general manager and VP of operations for
Newland Communities. “These two awards speak to the rigorous planning that
went into making FishHawk Ranch the great community it is today.”

FishHawk Ranch’s “Green Construction” Aurora Award applauded how numerous
aspects of the community take the environment into account – from construction
using sustainable building materials to a walkable and bikeable community
design that reduces road congestion. In early planning, FishHawk Ranch located
roads to preserve vegetation and trees, and let natural elements guide design.
Several of FishHawk Ranch’s buildings, such as the Tennis Club, Information
Center, and Starling Club are LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building
Council, further demonstrating its commitment to sustainable practices.

FishHawk Ranch was also recognized specifically for its Starling neighborhood
with “Best Community Site Plan” Aurora and Grand Aurora Awards. These awards
commemorate innovation, land-use planning, superior design and quality of the
living environment. The Starling neighborhood offers parks and trails that
connect residents to the FishHawk County Sports Complex and Starling
amenities, which include the FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club and the Starling Club.
The neighborhood is also adjacent to the Alafia River and land protected by
Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program
(ELAPP).

For more information on FishHawk Ranch, go to 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-plannednew-home communities in Hillsborough County, Florida: FishHawk
Ranch, Circa FishHawk, MiraBay and Waterset.

www.newlandcommunities.com

About FishHawk Ranch

FishHawk Ranch by Newland Communities is a 3,000-acre master-planned community
located in southeast Hillsborough County. Recently certified by the Florida
Green Building Coalition as the first green community in Hillsborough County,
FishHawk Ranch features a variety of amenities including more than 25 miles of
nature trails. The community offers townhomes, single-family, and custom homes
priced from $120,000 to more than $1 million. The FishHawk Ranch Welcome
Center and 11 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 NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH):

NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full
subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading
diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two
million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China,
Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative
and sustainability-conscious master planned communities across the US. The
Waterset development joint venture is one of NASH’s consolidated subsidiaries
in the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
http://nashcommunities.com/ SEKISUI HOUSE is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.
http://www.sekisuihouse.co.jp/english/index.html

Contact:

For Newland Communities
Pam Parisi, 813-620-3555
Director of Marketing