essence a green building is a harmonious combination of material
sciences and working with nature.
benefits of building a Green home include: higher resale prices;
lower maintenance costs; high-energy efficiency; and a healthier
Green Building Coalition, Inc.
“To provide a Florida green building designation
resulting in environmental and economic benefits.”
have chosen to reduce the burden on the environment and add value
to your new single-family home project through a voluntary green
design designation as administered by the newly incorporated Florida
Green Building Coalition, Inc. FGBC’s purpose is to provide you
with the tools and guidance necessary to help you please your customer,
as well as reward and promote your efforts as a Florida friendly
Why should you support
a Green Design Designation?
Many homeowners are desiring,
and some insisting, that their home be earth friendly, affordable
to operate, and healthy to live in. FGBC’s Green Home Standard
is a tool that will guide you and your customer through the process
of selecting green features that are cost effective, benefit the
environment, and will fit in with your current practice. The
standard has been developed such that it is achievable by everyone
and will be recognized as a statewide standard for the industry.
Benefits of Achieving
to the homebuyer:
to the home builder:
the profitability of resale.
valuable promotion and advertising.
the affordability of operation.
your home from the competition.
the indoor air quality of the home.
link environmental features with quality.
the durability of the home.
for greater access to mortgage money.
to the marketing value of your homes.
eventually decrease taxes and impact fees.
How the Program
For each green feature
incorporated into the home, points will be awarded. Homes that
acquire a minimum number of points qualify to receive the green
home designation and both owner and builder will be able to take
full advantage of the designation’s incentives. The pages
that follow contain examples of recommended green criteria, however,
innovative suggestions are encouraged. For many projects it
may be impractical or even impossible to implement some of the recommendations. However,
the wide array of available criteria will still enable any project
to qualify. A software product will soon be available that
facilitates customization and completion of the standard. A
reference book will also soon be available in print and online that
explains each of the criteria in detail including benefit/cost ratios
where appropriate and associated environmental implications. Expected
utility savings from energy and water conservation will also be
included, along with suppliers of Florida friendly goods and services.
Role of FGBC
FGBC is a non-profit
organization of individual members with a broad range of backgrounds
who develop and maintain the standards. Through promotion of
its programs, FGBC distributes literature and press releases that
feature green building success stories and builder profiles. FGBC
members hold training workshops to facilitate incorporation of green
building techniques and products, and are available for private
consultation. Membership is open to anyone, and FGBC encourages
all interested individuals to join the coalition, and take an active
role in developing its programs.
For more information
visit FGBC online at: FloridaGreenBuilding.org