PORTLAND, OR (September 19, 2021) – Earth Advantage®, Inc. and Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) announced today a partnership to deliver green and energy efficient home data through the Green Building Registry® (GBR).
Historically, important information on a home such as energy ratings, third-party building certifications or solar electricity generation have not made it into for sale listings.
Thousands of dollars of value could be lost because trustworthy data was not available for listing agents, appraisers, and potential buyers to react to at the time of sale. That lack of data has prevented appraisers and lending institutions from accounting for those market reactions.
Since 2017, GBR has provided green home data to the public and real estate multiple listing services. The SaaS (Software as a Service) platform provides verified data directly from sources such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program, LEED® for Homes, National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certified program, HERS® Index Scores, and other third-party verification programs.
FGBC has developed green certification programs that have been developed by experts who understand how to address the unique environmental and climate characteristics of Florida. The FGBC Green Home Certification Standard results in homes that are energy and resource efficient as well as healthier for its occupants.
“This is a significant step in providing real-time information on FGBC certified green homes. We are looking forward to working with GBR in delivering useful data that can be disseminated across platforms and to key audiences,” said FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila.
David Heslam, executive director at Earth Advantage, stated, “Building a green home in Florida presents some unique challenges. FGBC has worked for many years to create a Florida-specific certification standard to make the construction process as easy as possible. We’re very pleased that those certifications will now be available through the Green Building Registry to make finding and marketing these homes as easy as possible. “
GBR is a single source solution for the public and real estate industry to facilitate auto-population of verified green data into listings throughout the United States. GBR was built and is maintained by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Earth Advantage, Inc. Earth Advantage’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of high performance and sustainable, residential building practices. We focus on three key pathways for success: promoting green home standards, linking green home data to the real estate market, and providing professional and workforce training. Visit: the GBR website, us.greenbuildingregistry.com to learn more. For more information on Earth Advantage visit: earthadvantage.org
About Florida Green Building Coalition
The non-profit Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is the state’s leading certifier of green homes, buildings, communities, and local governments. In 2000 FGBC brought together industry professionals from the construction, government, academic and research communities to create green standards tailored specifically to Florida. To date it has certified over 26,000 residential, commercial, high-rise, land developments and local governments participating in its certification programs. FGBC certification programs are the only standards developed with state specific criteria to address Florida’s hot-humid environment, climate, distinctive topography, unique geology, resiliency, and natural disasters. Visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.