How Builders Can Thwart Low Appraisals
The National Association of Home Builders has released a "worth reading" article on combating low appraisals. [More]
Housing Permits Hit Highest Level Since 2008
Permits in October for future home construction jumped 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.03 million units, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
FHFC Receives $6 Million in Energy Funds
The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) received approximately $6 million in funding from the State Energy Office (within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) to capitalize a revolving loan fund for multifamily energy retrofits. The purpose of these loans is to reduce energy use and cost in multifamily buildings contained within Florida Housing's portfolio by updating and replacing old, inefficient building components with energy efficient components. Properties in Florida Housing's portfolio that are at least 15 years old and meet certain eligibility requirements will be able to apply for these funds in 2014. Stay tuned for more information on this program.
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.
Oldsmar Attains Green Local Government Certification
|The city of Oldsmar 'green team,' with the leadership of Mayor Doug Bevis (3rd from right), enthusiastically undertook the FGBC green local government certification process and earned the city a silver level designation. FGBC Executive Director, Suzanne Cook (front-left), presented the award during a recent City Council meeting.|
The city of Oldsmar is the 47th local government to earn the Florida Green Building Coalition's (FGBC) certified green local government designation after it successfully met the sustainability standards estabilshed in the FGBC Green Local Government Certification program. Oldsmar achieved 32 percent of its 345 applicable points, earning it a silver-level designation. [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:
- 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