LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Neal Communities, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, recently received a Builder of the Year award from the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), marking the fifth consecutive time the builder has earned this honor since 2013.
FGBC member Drew Smith, Florida Building Commissioner – Green Building and founder of Two Trails Green Building Consulting, accepted the award on behalf of the builder.
“We are extremely proud to accept this award recognizing our green initiatives in the state,” said Cathy Engels, vice president of purchasing for Neal Communities. “It’s always an honor to receive this designation as we strive to provide our homeowners with the best benefits of green and energy-efficient living for a reduced cost.
At the March 23 ceremony, held in Orlando, Fla., Neal Communities bested four other builders and was given the award for the most single-family homes certified. Seven other awards were given out, including most multifamily homes certified, highest scoring single-family and multifamily home, highest scoring commercial project, highest scoring residential high-rise project, highest scoring local government (city and county) and the certifying agent of the year.
The FGBC is the leading certifier of green projects in Florida. To date, it has 17,300 residential, commercial, high-rise, land developments and local governments participating in its certification programs. FGBC certification programs are the only national and international green standards developed with climate specific criteria to address issues caused by Florida’s hot-humid environment, unique topography and natural disasters.
FGBC-certified homes complete a technically rigorous building assessment and construction process to promote design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of the building, improve occupant health and well-being and reduce operating costs for the owner.
Points are awarded by FGBC for each of the individual green certifying levels – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Numerical points are given for selecting and integrating individual environmentally friendly green products, best practices and sustainable techniques from a menu of available green options.