FGBC Certifies Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority HQ Building ‘Florida Green’ Platinum

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KEY WEST, Fla. (January 6, 2022) – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of green residential and commercial construction, land developments and local governments, has certified the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority building “Florida Green” at the Platinum level.

Located at 1100 Kennedy Dr. in Key West, Fla. the 21,371 square foot commercial building attained a score of 220. Ranking it as the highest scoring commercial project certification in 2021. Platinum meets or surpasses the highest level of FGBC green standards.

“Congratulations to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and the FGBC Green Team,” noted FGBC President Ralph Locke. “Achieving FGBC Platinum certification for their new headquarters building is a concrete indicator of a commitment to significantly reduce the impact on the environment by modifying the way we build, operate and maintain commercial buildings.”

The Designated Professional was Dr. Jennifer Languell of Trifecta Construction Solutions, Fort Myers, Fla.. Nate Ritter, Director of Sustainability at GreenBuilt Solutions, LLC, Orlando, Fla., was the evaluator.

“Green building offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, energy and water conservation, and threats to human health,” said FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila. “The emergence of innovative projects such as the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is a fundamental driving force in ongoing green building in our state.”

Pictured L to R: Bubba Osterhoudt (FKAA Construction Manager – Capital Projects), Cara Higgins (FKAA Board Member), Richard Toppino (FKAA Vice- Chairman), CJ Davila (FGBC Executive Director), J. Robert Dean (FKAA Chairman), Antoinette Appell (FKAA Board Member), Trifecta Construction Solution’s Dr. Jennifer Languell, Nicholas Mulick (FKAA Board Member), and Kerry Shelby (FKAA Executive Director)

FGBC “Florida Green” standards take a scientific approach and developed with state-specific criteria. Unlike national and international certifications, such as USGBC-LEED and Green Globes, they address Florida’s hot-humid environment, distinctive topography, unique geology, resiliency, and natural disasters.

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is the water service provider for the Florida Keys, supplying potable water to all residents while providing reclaimed water and wastewater services in select areas.

The non-profit FGBC is by far the largest certifier of green residential and commercial construction, local governments, communities in the state, approaching 27,000 green certified projects since 2000. Over two decades ago, FGBC brought together industry professionals from the construction, government, academic and research communities to create green building standards tailored specifically to Florida.

Going Green? In Florida you have a choice. Contact the Florida Green Building Coalition at info@floridagreenbuilding.org, visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org or call (407) 777-4914.

About the Florida Green Building Coalition
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation founded in 2000 and dedicated to improving the built environment. Its mission is “to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs.” FGBC certification programs are the only standards developed with climate specific criteria to address issues caused by Florida’s hot-humid environment and natural disasters. Currently, FGBC is the leading certifier of green projects in Florida. FGBC’s membership is comprised of individuals and businesses from all areas of the building industry, including research, design, materials, products, construction, inspection, marketing, finance, and public advocates. For more information about the FGBC “Florida Green” certification programs visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.

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