The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green residential and commercial construction, land developments and local governments in the state, has surpassed the 20,000 mark with certified projects.
The milestone achievement was announced during the annual Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) being held at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla.
“SEBC was the perfect venue to make this announcement. Florida builders and developers continue to see the value in going “Florida Green,” said FGBC executive director CJ Davila.
A home recently built at Babcock Ranch pushed the number past the 20,000 mark. 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 the non-profit 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.