ORLANDO, Fla – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of green residential and commercial construction and local governments, has elected Bill Kachman, U.S. Army Major (Ret.), DeLand as President; Ralph Locke, Environmental Construction and Consulting, Inc, Deland as President-Elect and Mary Tappouni, Breaking Ground Contracting, Jacksonville as Treasurer. Barry Faske, Faske Enterprises, Hollywood, will serve as Immediate Past President.
FGBC just passed the 24,000 mark in “Florida Green” certifications of single-family homes, commercial buildings, high-rises, land developments and local governments.
“Our board and senior leadership increase our ability to meet the challenges of today’s ‘new normal’ environment. They bring unique perspective and unparalleled industry expertise that allow us to navigate the Florida Green and help us continue to lead the green building industry in our state.” noted FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila.
Current FGBC board members include Kyle Abney, Abney + Abney Green Solutions, Palm City; Jim Barnes, Village of Wellington, Wellington; Mike Bonts, Mike Bonts PR, Jacksonville; Peggy Christ, Bee Green Realty LLC, Bradenton; Jane Conn, ES Green & Company LLC,Tallahassee; C.J. Davila, Florida Green Building Coalition, Orlando; Arturo Griego, AIA, G3ac Miami Beach; Greg Hardwick, Hardwick General Contracting, Maitland; Cindy Hall, Eco Solutions Marketing, Jensen Beach; Deirdre Irwin, St. John River Water Management District; Lara Kuleshova, City of Tallahassee; Ric Lightner, Global Sustainability Certifying Consultant, Key West; Katrina Locke, Volusia County, DeLand; Jeannette Moore, Green Florida Properties, St. Augustine; Lisa Pearcy, 15 lightyears, Longwood; Mike Rogers, Southern Advocacy Group, Tallahassee and Kristin Triolo, Sarasota Homes International, Sarasota.
“We have some amazing and dedicated members and leaders in FGBC. Our collective knowledge and expertise across the industry can drive growth, increase FGBC’s certifications and advance our mission. I’m looking forward to working with them to help grow and continue to be the preeminent green building organization in Florida,” said Kachman, an FGBC Certifying Agent and chair of the Homes Committee.
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.
“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.
Going Green? In Florida you have a choice. For more information call (407) 777-4920, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.
Mike Bonts Public Relations