ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green residential and commercial construction, land developments and local governments and promoter of sustainability in the state, has surpassed the 20,900 mark with certified projects.
“Florida builders and developers continue to see the value in going “Florida Green,” said FGBC executive director C.J. Davila.
A home recently built at Babcock Ranch pushed the number past the historic number. Southwest Florida’s Babcock Ranch, with sustainability designed into the entire fabric of the community, is a certified FGBC Platinum Florida Green community.
In 2000 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.”
National standards like USGBC LEED and Green Globes also move contractors towards environmentally friendly building.
But, “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.
Going Green? In Florida you have a choice. Contact the Florida Green Building Coalition at (407) 777-4914, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.