Florida builders and developers continue to see the value in going 'Florida Green'," said FGBC executive director C.J.
Southwest Florida's Babcock Ranch, with sustainability designed into the entire fabric of the community, is a certified FGBC Platinum Florida Green community.
Builders were selected based on the number of homes certified under the FGBC's Florida Green Home certification program.
FGBC Executive Director Suzanne Cook commented, "These builders are being recognized for their conscientious green building efforts in creating healthier and safer homes and a more sustainable Florida.
For example, both Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami offer expedited permitting for green buildings, relying on the evaluation, registration, or certification of the design by recognized environmental rating agencies such as the FGBC and the USGBC.
Miami-Dade County's Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund Program (19) provides monetary incentives for job creation, including to an employer operating in a building certified through LEED or the FGBC. The program gives an additional monetary bonus if the building incorporates solar, thermal, photovoltaic, fuel cell, or cogenerating energy generation hooked up to the local grid.
(10.) The FGBC
rating is based on a standard checklist of building features and components.
FGBC is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment.
Founded in 2000, FGBC is the leading certifier of green projects in Florida with a mission is to lead and promote a state of sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education, information, grassroots outreach and certification programs.
Four of WCI's Venetian Golf & River Club models have received certification as green homes from the FGBC
, and three more are under review.
With over 17,200 verified certifications since being founded in 2000, FGBC
is by far the largest certifier of green homes, residential communities and local governments in the state.
In all, 94 local governments through out the state are either certified or registered to be certified though FGBC
. An all time high since the non-profit was founded in 2000.