ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of green projects and local governments, just turned 20.
“With humble beginnings and a commitment to our state, FGBC has grown into a leader in certifying green projects and local governments while promoting a state of sustainability. Florida builders, contractors, developers and municipalities continue to see the value in going green through our program,” said FGBC executive director C.J. Davila.
With an exclusive focus on Florida, FGBC is by far the largest certifier of residential and commercial construction, master-planned communities and local governments in the Sunshine State with over 21,400 since 2000.
Two decades ago, 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 green building and sustainability such as national and international standards like USGBC LEED and Green Globes that also move contractors and communities 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.
Beyond third party certifications, FGBC is also a resource for the construction industry and municipalities when considering going green.
“Green building and construction now attributes increased economic benefits over those that lack green qualities including lower operating expenses, higher occupancy rates, a healthier environment and increased resale value,” noted Davila.
Going Green? In Florida you have a choice. Contact the Florida Green Building Coalition at (407) 777-4914, or email email@example.com or visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.
Mike Bonts Public Relations