Florida Green Building Coalition Awards Satsuma Home Platinum ‘Florida Green’ Retrofit Certification

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 16, 2021) – 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 retrofit of 325 E Buffalo Bluff Rd. in Satsuma at the Platinum level of green certification.

Retrofitting transforms existing homes into homes that can be certified to meet the FGBC green home standard. It is most cost-effectively done as part of a whole house renovation or major remodeling project. Platinum is the highest certification level for a green home.

The home, built in 2010, is owned by David and Kathy Kudlo. It was also certified as the first site-built Energy Star home in Putnam County.

The Kudlo’s residence recently completed a technically rigorous process that included a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspection to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live. FGBC member 15 lightyears was the certifying agent that verified the Platinum Retrofit certification.

Most new homes register a rating of 100 with more energy-efficient homes, without solar panels, registering around a HERS rating of 50. The Kudlo’s home registered at a -8 HERS rating which means their home generates more clean energy than what it uses.

“While we are not an absolute net zero home electrically, we are a net zero home financially because we pump and treat our water and have a private septic system.  Many of our friends that live in Jacksonville have water and sewer bills that are $100 to $200 per month,” added David Kudlo. “Because of specific techniques that we used in construction the house is hurricane resistant.”

Green homes may have substantially lower utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives. The Kudlo’s average energy savings was calculated to be more than $1700/year but, they pay about $38/month with most of that cost attributed to the utility company’s charge to be tied to their grid.

“Living in a FGBC-certified home not only means you will be saving money and precious resources, but it also means that it’s more durable than a non-certified home,” said FGBC President Bill Kachman. “The quality of the products and the different green strategies used within the home means that its owners will be enjoying their high-performing home for years to come.”

The home uses a rainwater collection system used for irrigation and also achieved Florida Friendly Landscape Certification.

The 2,000 square foot home has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a large living room. The custom kitchen opens out to the living room, which showcases the view of the St. Johns River.  It was the first Retrofit Platinum certification of a home north of Key West since 2016 and the first one in North Florida.

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

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 is by far the largest certifier of green residential and commercial construction, local governments, communities in the state with over 25,000 green certified projects since 2000.

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.