FGBC Hits Major Milestone Approaching 24,000 Certified Projects Since 2000

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Mike Bonts (left), board member, Florida Green Builing Coalition; Emily DeVore, Director of Operations Gulf Coast Energy Network and Dave Robau, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Energy Network.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green construction projects and local governments in the state, announced it has passed the 23,800 mark in certified projects at the 10th Annual Power Up Energy Expo at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The Power Up 2020 theme, “Building Smart, Sustainable Communities,” addressed rebuilding Northwest Florida, including energy resiliency, efficiency, and renewable energy. FGBC has been a sponsor for the past three years.

“The Power Up Energy Expo, created by the Gulf Coast Energy Network, is the perfect event to make this announcement. Florida builders, developers and local governments continue to see the value in going “Florida Green,” said FGBC executive director C.J. Davila.

In 2000 the non-profit FGBC brought together industry professionals from the construction, government, academic and research communities to create green standards tailored specifically to Florida.

FGBC’s five certifications provide pathways to build green homes, developments, local governments, high rises, and commercial buildings. Today FGBC is by far the largest certifier of green homes, communities, and local governments in Florida.

There are a lot of things we’ve put in place that you won’t find in the national standards,” Davila said. “It’s very stringent as well as being Florida focused.”

National and international standards such as USGBC LEED and Green Globes also move builders and developers towards environmentally friendly building.

But FGBC “Florida Green” standards take a scientific approach and are developed with state-specific criteria. They address Florida’s hot-humid environment, distinctive topography, unique geology, resiliency, and natural disasters.

“FGBC’s green certifications are powerful because they complement one another,” according to Davila. “Together, they can transform cities, counties, and entire communities into environmentally sustainable places as well as homes and buildings.”

The Power Up Energy Expo offered a mixture of expert industry speakers, innovative companies and money saving services. The Gulf Coast Energy Network was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of prominent business, government, and environmental leaders who promote the efficient use of energy and water resources to benefit consumers, the environment and economic growth.

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