FGBC Annual Green Building Award Winners Announced

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) recently announced recipients of the 2014 Green Achievement Awards for green building and sustainability excellence. The award categories recognize single- and multi-family residential projects, commercial and high-rise residential buildings, land developments, and local government operations.

With over 8,200 residential units, 15 million square feet of commercial and high-rise buildings, 72 local governments, and 53 land developments participating in its programs, the Florida Green Building Coalition continues to be the leading certifier of green projects in Florida.

Category winners are:

Highest Scoring Certified Green Land Development

Location: Palm Beach County
Developer:  Cypress Realty of Florida
Owner:   Abacoa Property Owners Assembly


Highest Scoring Certified Green High-Rise Residential Building

Gables 4585 Ponce
Location:  Coral Gables
Builder:  Gables Residential

Highest Scoring Certified Green Local Government
The winner in the Highest Scoring County category is:

Pinellas County
Gold Level
Score: 55

The winner in the Highest Scoring City category is:

City of Dunedin
Platinum Level (The FIRST government to achieve Platinum Level in the history of the awards.)
Score 71


Highest Scoring FGBC Certified Green Home

Big Bend Habitat for Humanity
For: 1621 Harris Street in Tallahassee
Platinum Level
Score: 212 (out of a 100-point minimum)

FGBC Green Builder of the Year
(For most homes certified)

Single-Family Category
Neal Communities
Lakewood Ranch
Homes Certified: 257

Multi-Family Category
McIntyre Elwell and Strammer General Contractors
Homes Certified:  68

FGBC Certifying Agent of the Year

Drew Smith
Two Trails, Inc.
Homes Certified: 721






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:

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

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