Florida Green Building Coalition Participating in Power Up Energy Expo

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green projects in the state, is co-sponsoring the 10th Annual Power Up Energy Expo, Nov. 13-14 in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The Power Up 2019 theme, “Resilient Bases & Smart Communities,” will address rebuilding Northwest Florida, including energy resiliency, efficiency, and renewable energy.

“A big part of the agenda is building smart communities in Florida, including smart architecture and design, green infrastructure and sustainable energy. FGBC is the leader in certifying green local municipalities and communities,” noted 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. Since then over 20,900 projects have been certified as “Florida Green”

In addition to training and educational sessions, scheduled speakers include Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Chief Resilience Officer, State of Florida; Brigadier General Patrice Melancon, Executive Director, Tyndall Program Management Office, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force and Dave Robau, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Energy Network.

Gulf Coast Energy Network (GCEN) 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.

GCEN supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and promotes the use and expansion of alternative forms of energy.

Other topics over the two days include energy finance policies and contract vehicles, including energy pricing, asset valuation, and risk management. Public-private energy partnerships throughout the state such as rebuilding Tyndall AFB as the “Base of the Future.”

The Power Up Energy Expo at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort in Panama City Beach offers the perfect mixture of expert industry speakers, innovative companies and money saving services.

FGBC’s five standards 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.

National standards like USGBC LEED and Green Globes also move contractors towards environmentally friendly building. However, “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 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.”

For Registration and information visit www.powerupenergyexpo.com.

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.