February 1, 2017

In This Issue:

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Taylor Morrison Project Takes FGBC
To the 14,000 Certified Homes Mark

HUD to Require Energy & Water Benchmarking
Highlights of AIA's Home Design Trends Survey
    Ventgrid Rainscreen - Envelope Moisture Control
    Huber's ZipSystem R-Sheathing Helps Meet New Energy Codes
Winter Park Recognized as No. 2 City With Strongest Sustainability Programs
Florida Slips to 36th of Most Healthy States
Become an FGBC Certifying Agent
California Approves Nation's First Computer Energy Standards
Workshop Aims at Increasing Appraiser Competency on Valuing Green Buildings
EV Charging Station Rebates Offered by Sarasota County
FGBC Welcomes New Members
Education Opportunities
Funding Opportunities
Job Opportunities
Articles of Interest:
Pulte To Close on Country Club Redevelopment in Tamarac
Mattamy Homes Names New VP of Sustainability

Taylor Morrison Project Takes FGBC
To the 14,000 Certified Homes Mark

The home located at 13110 Malachite Drive in Lakewood Ranch became the 14,000 home certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Built by Taylor Morrison Homes in Sarasota, the house earned a silver-level FGBC "Florida Green" Home certification with a score of 145 out a 100-point minimum requirement.

FGBC Certifying Agent Drew Smith of Two Trails, Inc. coordinated the green certification process to ensure the home complied with the FGBC Florida Green Home Standard. 


HUD to Require Energy & Water Benchmarking
As of April 15, 2017, HUD is seeking to require owners of HUD projects to provide the following utility consumption metrics for each property: Site and Source Energy Use Intensities (EUI), Site Water Use Intensity (WUI), and the ENERGY STAR Score for Energy, and-when available from EPA-the Energy Star Score for Water.

Covered property types include:

  • Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC)
  • Section 811 PRAC and Project Rental Assistance (PRA) contracts
  • Section 202/162 Project Assistance Contracts (PAC)
  • Section 202 Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts (SPRAC)
  • Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contracts
  • Multifamily Housing properties insured under Sections 223(a), 223(f), 221(d), 221(d), 220, 231, 236, and 241(a)

The Portfolio Manager software-which must be used to meet HUD benchmarking requirements-calculates and reports these metrics in a standardized report format. This report may also include property identifiers (such as address and HUD contract number), building characteristics and other summary-level data underlying the benchmarking score calculations.

The ENERGY STAR Score for Water is currently pending release by EPA, and so it will not be required until it is available. HUD will provide at least 90 days advance notice before a requirement to submit water efficiency data goes into effect. [More

Highlights of AIA's Home Design Trends Survey
Residential design has changed minimally during the economic recovery, while community design has shifted more toward infill development, according to the quarterly AIA Home Design Trends Survey just released. This iteration of the survey delves into neighborhood and community design activity during the third quarter of 2016, and includes responses from more than 500 residential architecture firms.

Mixed-use facilities, access to public transportation, and high-density development were among the top five community design trends during the third quarter, which all speak to the needs of urbanization as more people move from the suburbs and closer to city cores.

Other trends:

  • After years of growth, multi-generational housing is leveling off
  • Residential design trends show contemporary styles with front & side porches most popular
  • Low maintenance materials still dominate consumer choices for products
  • Demand for more and larger windows is increasing

The remodeling sector continues to account for the largest share of business activity among the residential market.
[More] [Full Report


Ventgrid Rainscreen - Envelope Moisture Control
Ventgrid can be used to provide an air space behind siding, under roofing, and between a concrete slab and flooring. It is a 1/2-inch-thick panel made from high-density polyethylene that, according to the manufacturer, won't support the growth of mold, is easy to work with, and has several advantages over competing products. Ventgrid is made from post-consumer recycled plastic.

It's not affected by UV, meaning it can be left to the weather for extended periods of time without degrading, and is unaffected by low temperatures. As to strength, the non-compressible grid can handle compressive loads of 20,000 pounds per square foot before failing. When used under siding, each sheet has a rated vertical load capacity of 8,000 pounds.

Ventgrid comes in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets that weigh 8 pounds each. The sheets can be cut much like gypsum wallboard: score the sheet along the intended cut and snap it. It costs $32-$36 per sheet, depending on the retailer. [More

Huber's ZipSystem R-Sheathing Helps Meet New Energy Codes
Huber Engineered Woods has introduced a new ZipSystem R Sheathing to address increasing wall R-value requirements in the energy codes. The system has a built-in weather-barrier and air-sealing skin that now comes with foam attached. The sheathing provides enough insulation value to meet code and fend of condensation problems in all U.S. climate zones. One installation gives you structural sheathing, an air-sealed weather-resistive barrier, added wall R-value, and a thermal break.

Perhaps what's best is that R-sheathing panels can be installed with a pneumatic nailer, providing a fast method of installing continuous exterior insulation compared with screwing on rigid insulation. And because the OSB structural sheathing is outboard of the foam, you get a ready nail base for attaching siding. [More]

Winter Park Recognized as No. 2 City
With Strongest Sustainability Programs

Sustainable city expert Kristopher Stenger has compiled a list and ranking of U.S. cities based on the strength and the effects sustainability and energy-efficiency efforts, as well as a guide on sustainable practices for individuals and organizations.

Seattle topped the list of cities with its wide range and substantial improvement in sustainable and energy-efficient practices, policies, and programs. The city has seen a 38% increase in its solar capacity since 2008, alongside a 179% increase in LEED certified structures and a 40% increase in Built Green buildings. Its Drive Clean Seattle initiative encourages the use of electric cars, and its Food Action Plan promotes healthy, local, sustainable food production. The city currently aims to divert 70% of its waste into compost and recycling by 2022.

Winter Park ranked second. The city gained Gold level-certification as a Florida Green Local Government by the Florida Green Building Coalition in 2012. In 2015, Winter Park adopted its first Sustainability Action Plan . Stenger notes that the plan helps provide timelines and direction for the city and was created with input from various community boards, local groups, and individuals. Through the plan, the city aims to improve quality of life, become more energy independent, protect and enhance air quality, water quality and natural systems, and save money. Stenger notes that under the plan, the city will soon be the first one in the nation to have the " Recycle Across America " standardized labeling on its curbside rollout single stream bins. This effort helps educate residents on how to recycle with less confusion. [More]

Florida Slips to 36th of Most Healthy States
Florida fell three notches to 36 among all 50 states in the annual " America's Health Ranking" for 2016 released recently by the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit arm of insurer United Health Group.

The report ranks each state across 34 measures of behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes. This year, northeastern states generally rank among the healthiest overall states, while southeastern states generally rank among those states with the greatest challenges. [Report] [More]

Become an FGBC Certifying Agent
Want to add to your earning potential and earn a professional designation? Become a green building Certifying Agent for the Florida Green Building Coalition, allowing you to work with builders to verify projects meet the requirements of green certification. This is a great add-on credential for energy raters, home inspectors, and sustainability consultant. More info and view course schedule.

California Approves Nation's First
Computer Energy Standards

In a significant milestone in reducing a large power use in our homes, businesses and schools, California approved the nation's first energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors. And because California is home to one in eight U.S. consumers and manufacturers typically do not maintain separate inventories for different states, the savings are likely to have an impact nationally and even globally.

Desktops, which use about four times as much power as a typical laptop or notebook computer, must reduce power draw by roughly 30 percent when idle, effective January 1, 2019, and ultimately by nearly half by July 1, 2021. Notebooks, which already are more efficient, will undergo more modest energy efficiency improvements.

The new rules are stronger than the voluntary standards manufacturers now must meet for their computers to qualify for the ENERGY STAR® label. [More

Workshop Aims at Increasing Appraiser
Competency on Valuing Green Buildings

Scheduled for February 24, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, this one-day introduction course focuses on the evolution of green buildings, the concept of sustainability in buildings, and the principles, practices, and components that distinguish sustainable from conventional buildings.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

Instructor: Sandra Adomatis [Register]

EV Charging Station Rebates
Offered by Sarasota County

Sarasota County government is launching a program to boost the number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations across the county. The ChargeUP! Sarasota County program will rebate up to half the cost of buying and installing a limited number of new charging stations, with a goal to make it easier and more affordable for targeted businesses, non-profits and government organizations to add new stations for public use. Rebates are:

In order to fill gaps in the current network of charging stations, rebates will be limited to installations at the following types of targeted locations:

The charging station must be Level 2 (240-volt) chargers with SAE J1772 charging plugs or Level 3DC Fast Chargers (480-volt) with two ports (SAE Combo and CHAdeMO connectors). [More


Kristin Triolo

Kristin Triolo is broker/owner of Sarasota Homes International, a full service real estate brokerage firm serving the Florida Gulf Coast, specializing in residential green properties, vacant land, and investment real estate.

Kristin is a National Association of Realtors Certified Green Realtor (2010) and a contributing member of the Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee (RASM) Green Committee. She is past chair of the Sarasota Association of Realtors Green Realtor Alliance Committee (GRAS).

In 2017 she was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Green Building Coalition and selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Professional Development Committee for RASM. In addition, she will oversee the RASM Green Committee and its Leadership Academy. 

She has held leadership roles in Florida Realtors, the Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee, the Women's Council of Realtors, and the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) organization. 

New Members:

FGBC Welcomes New Members & Certifying Agents

Erin Rosica
FL Dept of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesOffice of Energy

Martin Maganiezin

Kelli McGee
Natua Strategies
Daytona Beach

Jennifer Pell
WCI Communities
Bonita Springs

Mason Rose
WCI Communities
Bonita Springs

Funding Opportunities:

FHFC Multifamily Energy Retrofit Program
National & State Green Building Funding Opportunities
St. Johns River WMD
South Florida WMD Water Programs
Southwest Florida WMD Water Programs

Education Opportunities:

February 23-24, 2017
FGBC Certifying Agent
Designation Course
Cocoa, FL

April 4-5, 2017
FGBC Certifying Agent
Designation Course
Cocoa, FL

May 11, 2017
FGBC Certifying Agent
Annual Verification Class
Fort Myers, FL

Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) Course Listings
Building America Webinars
Energy Star Webinars
Multi-Family & High-Rise Webinars
Build Your Future Scholarships

Job Opportunities:

APA Florida Job Board
Florida Facility Managers Assn Job Board
Green Dream Jobs
Institute for Market Transition (IMT)