UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab Certified FGBC Platinum

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. ( February 10, 2021) – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of green construction projects, land developments and local governments, has certified the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) on the University of Florida campus “Florida Green” at the Platinum level with a score of 217.

It is the first Florida Green building Coalition certified platinum certified commercial project in the state. And earned the Florida WaterStar certification for water efficiency.

FGBC just passed the 24,300 mark in certifications of single-family homes, commercial buildings, high-rises, land developments and local governments.

“It is extremely rewarding working with the University of Florida in our shared commitment to sustainability as we focus on reducing the impact on the environment,” said FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila. “We are thrilled that the extensive work of the green team that resulted in Platinum, the highest level of certification”

Dustin Stephany of the University of Florida – IFAS was the FGBC Designated Green Professional. Dr. Jennifer Languell was the FGBC evaluator.

Green Team members included Architect Jack Ponikvar, Ponikvar & Associates, Gainesville; Builder-Contractor Bryce Hartley, Parrish McCall, Gainesville; Engineer Mark Hertz, H2 Engineering, Tallahassee; Landscape Architect/Design, Robert Walpole, CHW Engineering. Gainesville; Project Manager Frank Javaheri, University of Florida, Gainesville and Kevin Heinicka, University of Florida – IFAS, Gainesville.

“The work on innovative building projects such as the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab is a sign of pioneering and dedicated leadership and a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, design and operated,” said FGBC President Bill Kachman

The 8,000 square foot HBREL is located on the southwest corner of main campus at the University of Florida, next to Steinmetz Hall, 1881 Natural Area Dr. FGBC signage is displayed throughout the building highlighting the similarities between green buildings and bee ecosystem.

For more information on HBREL visit http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honey-bee/

FGBC recently certified the Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium expansion on the UF campus at the Gold level.

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

Two decades ago, FGBC brought together industry professionals from the construction, government, academic and research communities to create green standards tailored specifically to Florida. Beyond third party certifications, FGBC is also a resource for the builders, developers, contractors, architects, and municipalities when considering going green.

Going Green? In Florida you have a choice.

For more information call (407) 777-4920, email info@floridagreenbuilding.org or visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.