Florida Green Building

Florida Green Building

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Public comments for modification requests to the FGBC Green Commercial Building Standard Version 2 close on December 31, 2014. If you would like to propose changes to the Standard, submit the Modification Request Form to FGBC by December 31, 2014.

Clean Energy Jobs in Florida

Threatened by Lack of Policy

Tens of thousands of Floridas clean energy jobs could be at risk if state regulators approve proposals by investor-owned utilities to gut their energy savings goals. The Clean Jobs Florida report indicates there are 130,000 clean energy jobs in Florida, about 75,000 in the energy efficiency field, which ranges from LED bulbs to solar hot water heaters. That could make the clean energy sector vulnerable if cuts are approved.

Florida ranks No. 3 in the nation for solar potential and could generate 25 times its electricity needs with clean, renewable sources. That could save homeowners and businesses billions of dollars, the report states.

Floridas investor-owned utilities see it differently. They have told state regulators that energy efficiency programs are more expensive than generating electricity at one of their plants. As such, the investor-owned utilities Tampa Electric, Duke Energy Florida and Florida Power & Light want to cut their energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent.

Instead of the energy efficiency measures they say have become too costly, the utilities favor building power plants that they control. Even when the projects are solar power plants or other renewable energy sources, the utilities want to build and operate them rather than see individual customers installing solar panels on the roofs of their homes or businesses. [More ]

Solar Policy Symposium Planned

FlaSEIA to Host Dec. 5 in Orlando

Gearing up for the 2015 Legislative session, the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) is hosting a solar policy symposium to engage stakeholders for setting the strategy and direction of solar policy in Florida. Solar advocates, including businesses, associations, interested groups, and other stakeholders, are invited to participated in the planning session and collaborative event scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $75 and includes a reception and dinner with keynote. Learn More

USGBC-South Florida Hosts

Annual GalaVerde Event Nov 1

The USGBC-South Florida Chapter is hosting its annual GalaVerde awards ceremony on November 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale. GalaVerde 2014 will recognize and honor those outstanding projects, businesses, individuals, and USGBC Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the South Florida community. Marge Anderson, Executive Vice President of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and Chair-elect of the U.S. Green Building Council, will serve as the keynote speaker. [More ]

Green Building Certification System Final Rule Issued

By Energy Department for All Federal Buildings

The Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design. Principal among the efforts is the Departments issuance of a final rule that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems.

The rule, which goes into effect Nov. 13, ensures that in cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must choose a system that verifies enhanced energy and water efficiency. By requiring re-assessments at least every four years, the rule will ensure energy and water savings continue well beyond the initial building opening or retrofit. System requirements for the verification of energy and water performance in new construction and major renovations will lead to reduced consumption through active energy and water management.

To further the Departments sustainability and energy savings efforts, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) recently updated its Federal Building Energy Use Benchmarking Guidance, which designates the Environmental Protection Agencys ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as the sole benchmarking tool for federal agencies. [Final Rule ] [More ] [Energy & Water Use Benchmarking ]

FGBC Announces Senior Officers Election Results

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) membership has elected Nathan Ritter as President for the 2014-2015 term, which begins October 8, 2014. Mr. Ritter is Vice President of GreenBuilt Solutions in Orlando, and holds professional designations as an FGBC Certifying Agent, a LEED AP BD+C & Homes, Certified Green Professional (CGP), Florida Water Star (FWS) Certifier, and Class I Energy Rater.

Mr. Ritter has an undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College and earned his Masters degree in Sustainable Construction Management from Drexel University. He has spent the last 15 years in sustainable construction and consulting on high-performance homes and commercial structures.

His goals for FGBC are to continue the successful efforts that increase the use of the FGBC certification programs, and to grow the membership by adding value through education, advocacy, and professional relationships.

Also elected to FGBC Senior Officer positions were:

Deirdre Irwin — Vice President (Second Term)

Irwin is the statewide coordinator for the Florida Water Star program(SM), a water conservation certification program developed by the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). Irwin received a Diploma in Environmental Management from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland before coming to work for the St. Johns River Water Management District in 1989.

Regina Booker — Treasurer

Regina Booker is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA). As the COO, Mrs. Booker is responsible for the management and oversight of the agencys 1600 units of affordable and federally-assisted housing, as well as agency programs to promote resident self-sufficiency and employment.

Margaret (Peggy) Christ — Secretary

Mrs. Christ is the Broker/Owner of Bee Green Realty LLC and has over 30 years experience in real estate development. She holds a NAR (National Association of Realtors) Green Certification, is FHA 203k Construction & Rehab Certified, and Shortsale, Foreclosure & REO certified. She serves as the Manatee Association of Realtors 2014 Treasurer, the Manatee Association of Realtors Green Chair from 2011-2014, and the Manatee/Sarasota Builders Industry Association Green Chair.

Town of Jupiter Earns Florida Green Local Government Certification

The town of Jupiter has been recognized as a certified Florida Green Local Government after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Green Local Government certification program. Jupiter achieved 22.3 percent of its 318 applicable points, earning it a silver-level designation. [More ]

Renewable Energy Groups Form Coalition

To Push for More Solar in Florida

Solar energy proponents announced on September 10, 2014, a new coalition that will push for increased use of renewable energy in Florida. The coalition includes three major renewable and clean energy organizations: the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) and the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) industry groups, and the nonprofit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).

The organizations say Florida laws and the states investor-owned utilities have hampered the growth of solar power in the Sunshine State. Last week, FlaSEIA elected Reed Wilson of Florida Green Team/Aquatherm Solar Supply as its president. Wilson brings over 30 years of experience in the solar industry in Florida and promises to provide assertive leadership to the solar industry in Florida. Wilsons election was followed by the hire of long-time solar advocate Mike Antheil as the organizations new Director of Advocacy.

Floridas largest utilities Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric want to reduce conservation goals by more than 90 percent and have attacked solar as unreliable and costly. The utilities have stated that intermittent cloud cover and zero production at night hinders solar without an efficient battery system.

The coalition said it aims to combat what it characterizes as misinformation by the utilities and the influence of their message on Tallahassee. In particular, the coalition said it wants to ensure that the state preserves net metering, which allows solar power users to sell excess electricity they generate to the utilities at wholesale prices. [More ]

Multi-Family Energy Retrofit Program

Moving Forward by FHFC

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) is developing a funding mechanism for distribution of just over $7 million to create a revolving loan fund to carry out energy retrofits on older rental apartment properties within its portfolio. Loans will finance energy efficient improvements identified in an energy audit on each eligible property. Maximum funding amount is $5,000 per unit in construction costs plus $40,000 soft costs.Eligible applicants will be multifamily developments within the FHFC portfolio that were originally completed prior to December 31, 1999. [More ]

The Program for Resource Efficient Communities at the University of Florida will track utility data on properties that undergo a MERP retrofit.

Leaders in Corporate Sustainability Announced

The 2014 results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) Review were announced by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices on September 11, 2014. The DJSI World includes only the top 10% of companies per industry, making it the gold standard for corporate sustainability. Who are the leaders in corporate sustainability? Check out the Report .

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs.

FGBC was conceived and founded in the belief that green building programs will be most successful if there are clear and meaningful principles on which green qualification and marketing are based. We are a membership-based organization governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers who are elected by the general membership.

The FGBC is continually finding new and innovative ways to educate builders, developers, local governments, and consumers about how to achieve a healthier, more environmentally sustainable future.

The purposes of the Florida Green Building Coalition are:

    To administer certification programs based upon the green building standards To award its certification mark to qualified projects To educate the general public, businesses, institutional and governmental bodies of the long term benefits of sustainable development and green building practices To encourage housing affordability by increasing building sustainability To stimulate statewide acquaintance and fellowship among members and others interested in green building practices To provide opportunities for members and other interested parties to increase their knowledge of green building practices.

2004 — Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award

2013 — American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) Exemplary Water-Energy Program

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is to provide a statewide green building program that defines, promotes, and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits.

FGBC was conceived and founded in the belief that green building programs will be most successful if there are clear and meaningful principles on which green qualification and marketing are based. We are a membership-based organization governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers who are elected by the general membership.

Membership is open to any interested individual, company or government entity. You are encouraged to join the FGBC and participate fully in this exciting and important environmental endeavor.

Resources provided by FGBC include our five Green Building Standards, the annual GreenTrends Conference, directories for finding green products and professionals, listings of FGBC certified projects, and education programs for industry professionals, consumers and government entities.

What Our Members Are Saying

I continue to be impressed with the professional nature of this organization and the unwavering belief of members in the mission of the organization. For an organization of its age, FGBC takes bold strides to meet the demands of Floridas building environment in a less than desirable economy. Program criteria evolve to meet the realistic achievable goals of sustainable building practices in Florida. I look forward to continuing in my role with FGBC and anticipate nothing but success for the organization. — Deirdre Irwin , Florida Water Star Coordinator, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL

The other day, someone asked me why I was a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition. My first response was because I wanted to be part of an organization that promoted sustainable green building programs that were both affordable and climate specific to the state of Florida. Of all the green building programs available, FGBC has made the most sense to me. Then I started thinking a little bit more deeply on it because you really do not need to be a member to support and encourage the FGBC programs. The answer I came up with was because of the people.In the past 7 years that I have been a member, I have gotten to know some amazing people who are not only colleagues but also people who I consider friends. Their passion for FGBC and green building is inspiring, to say the least. I have made professional connections that I would not have made otherwise and I have learned about the unselfish commitment that many of our members make to further the mission of FGBC. So, why am I am member? It is because I want to do my small part in helping to promote the goals of FGBC and to educate those I come into contact with about a program that makes the most sense for anyone building in the state of Florida. Oh yeah, the friendships are a big plus too! Cindy Hall , Cobble Systems, LLC. Jensen Beach, FL

My business is involved in sustainability consulting for both residential and commercial construction. A majority of our work is with the different FGBC rating systems due to the simplicity, affordability and being tailored to the Florida environment. Thats not to say the other standards dont have their place, Ive worked with them for years, its just often more practical to use the FGBCs rating system. Am I required to maintain my membership to keep my Certifying Agent Status? Yes. However, that requirement is not the reason I am a member. This is an organization that can bring about a lot of needed change to our state and the quality of life for its residents. I have been involved for over 12 years in sustainability and I believe my voice can be heard at the FGBC. I enjoy meeting others with similar goals and giving my input on the various committees. Nate Ritter , GreenBuilt Solutions LLC. Sanford, FL

The Florida specific certification program is concerned with our climate and is relatively simple and affordable. Oscar Calleja. Florida Energy Raters. Pompano Beach, FL

Builder friendly, easy to use, affordable and Florida specific. Eric Gimson. Two Trails, Inc. Sarasota, FL

Seems to be organized. Jane Gering. City of Sarasota. Sarasota, FL

I like what FGBC stands for and represents. FGBC is a growing/changing entity that adapts to a changing Florida. Gary Carmack. All Elements Mechanical Corp.. Orlando, FL

Friendly members. Florida specific. Ken Sussman. Tampa, FL

The FGBC provides an environment for people with like-minded goals to come together. Heather Bonner. AIRVAC, Inc. Oldsmar, FL

I like the fact that FGBC continues to update and upgrade the certification process, and its efforts to make Green Building concepts available to the public. David Cobb. Residential Building Science, Inc. Cape Coral, FL

FGBC provides a wealth of information. Cynthia McRee. Duke Energy. New Port Richey, FL

I like that FGBC promotes sustainable climate specific practices in a non-political manner. It also segways with Florida Friendly Landscape, WaterStar, and Fortified Home. Plus it works and has a standard for existing homes that is now the current market. Dale Lewis. Sarasota, FL

FGBC has provided us with Florida Specific Criteria that I feel brings value to the organization. Simply adopting another standard would not be of value due to our unique environment. Mark Smith. Harwick Homes. Bonita Springs, FL

Energy efficiency standards that are developed for our weather. Easy to understand the requirements. Richard Van Epps. Hillsborough County Planning & Growth Management. Valrico, FL

The GreenTrends conference provides a great networking opportunity. I received some excellent referrals for Florida WaterStar. Robin Grantham. Southwest Florida Water Management District. Brooksville, FL

FGBC brings like-minded people and businesses together to network, learn & promote their ideas. Camille Touma. Green Energy Builders & Solutions. Ponte Vedra, FL

The members are/seem genuinely interested in the same issues I am. Member interaction (while limited to one face to face meeting a year) is what I enjoy most. Stephanie Thomas-Rees. Florida Solar Energy Center. Cocoa, FL

FGBC was helpful to me in providing the guideline to design and construct green certified building in the city of Sarasota. — Yehuda Inbar. Inbar Design Architect. Sarasota, FL

The networking and collaboration with members. Affiliation with a validating organization with State and National recognition. John Bobek. Collis Roofing, Inc.. Longwood, FL

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