15 Feb First in Florida, Florida Green Building Coalition Surpasses 30,000 ‘Florida Green’ Certifications
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of green residential and commercial construction, land developments and local governments announced it has surpassed 30,000 projects since being founded in 2000.
Over two decades ago, non-profit FGBC brought together industry professionals from the construction, government, academic and research communities to create green standards tailored specifically to Florida.
Award-winning developments such as Babcock Ranch, Lakewood Ranch and Alys Beach have chosen to certify as “Florida Green.” Forward thinking Florida municipalities and counties have also benefited from FGBC green certification.
Local and national single-family builders and not for profits such as Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando & Osceola and St. Johns Housing Partnership in St. Augustine, Fla. certify their homes through the FGBC program.
The state-wide green certification program has also experienced an uptick in commercial projects including mixed-use, high-rise, and multifamily.
Unlike other national and international green standards such as USGBC-LEED and Green Globes, “Florida Green” takes a scientific approach and are developed with state-specific criteria. FGBC addresses Florida’s hot-humid environment, climate conditions, distinctive topography, unique geology, resiliency, and natural disasters.
Beyond third party certifications, FGBC is also a resource for the builders, developers, contractors, architects, and municipalities when considering going green.