Monroe County Fire Station #8-Stock Island Earns
Highest FGBC Commercial Building Certification
Monroe County’s Fire Station #8 in Stock Island has been awarded the Florida Green Commercial Building designation by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Florida Green Commercial Building Certification program. The project achieved 168 points out of a required minimum of 100 to earn it a Silver level certification, making it the highest scoring FGBC certified commercial project to date.
The building was designed to be 42 percent more energy efficient than required by the Florida Building Code and will rely upon renewable energy through green power purchase agreements for 75% of its power needs over the next two years.
For water conservation, toilets, faucets, and showerheads were low-flow rated. In addition the site used all Florida Friendly plants and a rainwater collection system to deliver 100 percent of the irrigation needs for the landscaping, thus negating the use of valuable potable water.
To safeguard the health of building occupants through improved indoor air quality, all paints, stains, adhesives, and sealants used were rated low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), cabinets and insulation were free of harmful urea formaldehyde, and healthy flooring was used in 80 percent of the building.
Sixty-one percent of the materials used contained recycled content, and many of the materials can be recycled at the end of their useful life.
Urban heat island reduction was achieved through the use of shaded areas and hardscapes with a high solar reflectance value. [More]
FGBC Mid-Year Conference Set for June 18
We found an eco-tourism gem for the FGBC Mid-Year Conference scheduled for June 18, 2015 at the Plantation Inn on Crystal River in (of course) Crystal River, FL. Swim with manatees, rent a kayak to explore the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, or fish for Tarpon, Redfish or Speckled Trout and bring it back to let the resort chef cook it for you. So bring the family for a few extra days of summer fun. [Download Registration Brochure]
The conference begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 18 with a breakfast and roundtable discussions. At 9 a.m. we'll move into the FGBC General Membership meeting where it's your time to be in the spotlight. We'll recognize outstanding contributions by members, highlight recent accomplishments, get you focused on pushing forward some of FGBC's strategic planning goals, and ask for your feedback on whatever issues you feel are important to the FGBC.
Then we'll break out into committee meetings where the real work starts. Several of the FGBC certification standards are in the modification process, so pick your interest and help them review criteria to ensure it represents the newest regulations and technology advances.
Join your kindred spirits on June 18, strengthen important business connections, learn by participation, and enjoy all that the Plantation Inn on Crystal River has to offer. There's no better place to understand the importance of sustainability.
The rapid change in the Arctic is almost unbelievable, until you see this video from NASA. (The last 20 seconds are the most shocking).Posted by The Climate Council on Monday, February 2, 2015
Governor Rick Scott continues to avoid the looming effects of climate change, leaving Florida without a game plan. Somebody send him this data from NASA please!
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FGBC Background and Mission
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