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:
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.)
Highest Scoring FGBC Certified Green Home
Big Bend Habitat for Humanity
For: 1621 Harris Street in Tallahassee
Score: 212 (out of a 100-point minimum)
FGBC Green Builder of the Year
(For most homes certified)
Homes Certified: 257
McIntyre Elwell and Strammer General Contractors
Homes Certified: 68
FGBC Certifying Agent of the Year
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:
- 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