Homecrete Homes Adopts FGBC Certification
In a community development known as Westcliffe Estates at Tradition that was started by an HGTV Green Home project in 2009, Homecrete Homes will be building green certified courtyard homes
All homes will be certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) under the ‘Florida Green’ Home Certification Standard. Criteria in the standard incorporate building methods and products superior to traditional code-built homes, and provide energy efficiency, water conservation (both indoors and in landscaping), reduced maintenance requirements, and protection from natural disasters, such as hurricanes, termites and wildfires.
“Our courtyard styled home design and building method will be the ultimate complement to the home specifications of the HGTV Green Home at Westcliffe Estates,” says Bob Cenk, Vice President of Homecrete Homes.Read the full story.
Fort Lauderdale's Organized Approach to Sustainability
Earns It an FGBC Gold-Level Certification
The city of Fort Lauderdale has received the Florida Green Local Government certification by achieving 51.1 percent of its 356 applicable points, earning it a gold-level designation. At 51% Fort Lauderdale is the fifth highest scoring certified local government in the state and the second highest in South Florida.
Fort Lauderdale's enthusiastic and organized approach to sustainability is creating an internal framework that perpetuates accomplishments year after year. It's designated "Green Team's" initial undertaking was to coordinate the City’s internal sustainability programs so that there would be no wasted resources. By cataloguing existing sustainability initiatives, extracting best practices and sharing them throughout the City, successes could be duplicated and their gains magnified. This resulted in wide application of environmentally responsible procedures such as reducing printing to conserve paper and energy, minimizing or eliminating engine idling to conserve fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and recycling at City facilities. To affect the community's overall sustainability, Fort Lauderdale provides abundant green building incentives, rebates, and education to industry professionals and to the public. One of the city's unique green efforts is to collect mounded seaweed from beaches and use it as compost. This effort is estimated to save the city approximately $180,000 annually, while it also creates rich soil for native plants. View the complete list of Fort Lauderdale's green achivements.
Do Green Homes Really Deliver?
New Study Shows Likes & Dislikes
GuildQuality, a leading provider of customer satisfaction surveying for the residential building industry, recently conducted a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified green home built within the past three years. The study, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) aimed to uncover how green homeowners feel after purchasing their home; primarily focusing on their overall satisfaction and whether they would recommend purchasing a green home to others.
Key findings of the study reveal:
- 94% would recommend a green home to a friend.
- 92% would purchase another green home.
- 71% of respondents believe that green homes are, overall, of higher quality.
- 55% knew their home may have cost more than a non-green home, but believed the benefits outweighed the cost.
- 90% were satisfied knowing they "did the right thing" in buying a green home.
Homeowners also provided their feedback on what influenced their decision to purchase a green home, and the sustainable features they value most. According to respondents, low utility bills, energy efficiency and better insulation topped the list of the green-related aspects that homeowners were most satisfied with.
What were they least satisfied with? [Read the report]
Understanding the FTC Green Marketing Guidelines
Do you know the do's and don'ts of marketing green features? What you don't know could end up being a liability. Check out this tutorial on marketing from the Federal Trade Commission.
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 develop, implement and administer voluntary green building standards and certification programs in Florida, which will be open to any interested party
- 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