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Tap into information, tools, and methods that will re-energize your enthusiasm for what you do every day, that will teach that old dog new tricks, and that will focus you on what our regenerative economy expects us to provide, as industry professionals.

Here's a sampling of sessions that can help you find new solutions and market drivers:
• The Business Case for Building Zero-Energy Homes
• Designing & Implementing Zero Energy Technologies
• Implementing Sustainable Building in Affordable Housing
• First Things First: Improving Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings
• Unlocking Florida's Energy Policy
• Highlights of the 2014 Legislative Session
• Resilient Communities - Best Practices to Address Climate Change
• Sneak Peak at the New FGBC Green High-Rise Residential Standard - Version 2
• Universal Design -  Coming of Age
• Effects of Wall Type and Insulation on Residential Energy Use
• The Power of ROI - Simplifying the Decision Making Process
• Going Social! Digital Marketing Plans for Busy Green Building Professionals
. . . and more.



SEBC Presents Energy Forum July 23 in Orlando
The Florida Home Builders Association-sponsored Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) is presenting a day-long energy efficiency forum on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Rosen Centre' Hotel at 9840 International Drive in Orlando. For a $39 per person fee, participants can hear a wide range of topics and expert speakers at event entitled E2R3: Energy Efficiency for Remodels, Retrofits, and Renovations. Registration is at 9 am and the presentations begin at 10 an with a regulatory update focused on Florida's new Building Energy Rating System. Additional subjects include the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the Florida PACE program (with $200 million in funding for energy-efficient improvements for property owners), real-life experiences with Deep Energy Retrofits on foreclosed homes, and the latest on Green appraisals. The afternoon sessions are divided into residential and commercial tracks and the program concludes with a 5 pm networking reception. For details and to register, visit The SEBC show runs Thursday and Friday (July 24-25) at the Orange County Convention Center.

New Home Energy Rating Law Takes Effect
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law HB 7147 that reforms the state’s law governing energy ratings.

Previously Florida law recognized the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the Commercial Energy Services Network (COMNET), the Building Performance Institute (BPI), and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) as rating systems in the state.

The law created an issue because BPI was claiming state endorsement of their home energy rating program and was using the DOE Home Energy Score as their energy rating software program.  In addition the law limited the number of programs that could be recognized in the state.

Rather than picking winners, the new law instead defines what a building energy rating system in the state should include.  The law struck reference to BPI, COMNET, FSEC and RESNET and instead defined a building energy rating system as:

For purposes of this part: (3) “Building energy-efficiency rating system” means a whole building energy evaluation system that provides a reliable and scientifically-based analysis of a building’s energy consumption or energy features and allows a comparison to similar building types in similar climate zones where applicable. Specifically, the rating system shall use standard  calculations, formulas, and scoring methods; be applicable nationally; compare a building to a clearly defined and researched baseline or benchmark; require qualified professionals to conduct the rating or assessment; and provide a labeling and recognition program with specific criteria or levels.

Residential program benchmarks for new construction must be consistent with national building standards. Residential building program benchmarks for existing construction must be consistent with national home energy rating standards.

The building energy-efficiency rating system shall require at least one level of oversight performed by an organized and balanced group of professionals with subject matter expertise in energy efficiency, energy rating, and evaluation methods. [More]

Florida Top Draw for Retirees
Retirement moves, which dropped sharply during the worst of the recession, are making a comeback. Florida, the top draw for movers 55 and older, is gaining about 55,000 older movers each year, more than twice the growth it saw after the housing bubble burst in the middle of the last decade, according to a Stateline analysis of Census Bureau numbers. Florida’s annual growth for this age group is 138 percent.

The top five most popular cities for seniors have all seen increases since the recession ended in 2009, according to a study by William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. They are the metropolitan areas around Phoenix; Riverside, California; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida; Atlanta; and Denver. [More]

EPA Gives Florida Edict on Emissions
The federal government is proposing that Florida cut its carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 38 percent by the year 2030. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states as part of the Clean Power Plan. While some states will be allowed to emit more and others less, overall the reduction will be 30 percent nationwide. Florida, Texas and New York - three of the country's most populous states - are among the states being directed to cut emissions by more than a third.

Florida's 2012 carbon emission rate was more than 1,200 pounds per megawatt hour of energy produced. The EPA is asking the state to develop a plan to lower its emission rate to about 740 pounds.

Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. While there are limits in place for the level of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution levels.

With the Clean Power Plan, EPA is proposing guidelines that will:
• Cut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year;
• Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit;
• Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits; and
• Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

[More]   [Clean Power Plan]

McGraw Hill: Green Homes Show Growth in a Recovering Market
Residential construction is a key engine behind economic growth in the United States. According to McGraw Hill Construction’s Dodge Construction Market Forecast, single and multifamily housing projects account for about 45 percent of the value of all construction projects started in the United States in 2014. With that market forecasted to grow rapidly in coming years, the green activity and drivers in the market are critical.

According to the latest by McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report of the single and multifamily builder and remodeler community:
• 62% of firms building new single-family homes report that they are doing more than 15% of their projects green. By 2018, 84% of them expect this level of green activity.
• 54% of firms building new multifamily projects report that they are doing more than 15% of their projects green. There is also growth expected, with 79% reporting the same level of activity anticipated by 2018.
• In the single-family market, the most striking shift is in those firms dedicated to green building (doing more than 90% of their projects green). That percentage is already at 19%, and by 2018 it is expected to double (to 38%).

The study finds that builders and remodelers in both the single-family and multifamily sectors report that the market is recognizing the value of green: 73% of single family builders (up from 61% since the last report) and 68% of multifamily builders say consumers will pay more for green homes.

“Greater consumer interest in green homes has contributed to the ongoing growth, leading us to anticipate that by 2016, the green single-family housing market alone will represent approximately 26% to 33% of the market, translating to an $80 billion to $101 billion opportunity based on current forecasts. The findings also suggest that lenders and appraisers may be starting to recognize the value of green homes, making it a factor that could help encourage the market to grow if there is more widespread awareness across the U.S.,” said Harvey Bernstein, vice president, Industry Insights and Alliances for McGraw Hill Construction. [More]

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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