What is the FGBC?
The FGBC is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. It's mission is "to provide a statewide green building program that defines, promotes, and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits." 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. You can learn more about the FGBC and RunBrook's role in helping our clients here.
How is RunBrook helping this multifamily project?
This customer engaged RunBrook to help it determine which rating system would work best for this particular project, based on the customer's goals. Our team provided the customer with information regarding the Florida Green Building Coalition rating, as well as other rating systems, such as LEED or NGBS. For this particular project, based on RunBrook's and the customer's analysis, FGBC was the right approach.
RunBrook is now helping the customer as an FGBC Certifying Agent. Our goal at this stage is to streamline the process of obtaining a Green Home Designation Certificate. This means that our specialists guide the project's designers and builders through the process of qualifying and documenting these multi-family buildings through the rating system. When needed, our team will also work with the customer to compile and organize submittals required by the FGBC, as well as suggest non-required submittals that would be helpful for a smooth rating system application process. RunBrook will send these submittals with the customer's application.
What are the benefits of obtaining a FGBC Green Home Designation Certificate?
Once the project receives a Green Home Designation Certificate, the customer will be able to maximize the benefits of the designation. The FGBC's website outlines many of these benefits. They include benefits to the homebuyer, benefits to the builder, and benefits to the community. Here are the benefits described by the organization:
Benefits to the Homebuyer:
- enhances the profitability of resale
- enhances the indoor air quality of the home
- enhances the affordability of operation
- increases the durability of the home
- provides greater access to mortgage money
Benefits to the home builder:
- gain valuable promotion and advertising
- differentiate the homes from the competition
- homebuyers link home features with quality
- increase customer referrals
- add to the marketing value of homes
- reduce builder callbacks
Benefits to the Community:
- conservation of water resources
- management of waste and stormwater
- provide / maintain affordable housing
- maintain affordable and reliable energy sources
What Marketing Tools does FGBC Provide?
The FGBC makes various marketing tools available to promote a project. Some of these are below. In addition to these tools, RunBrook is available to help its customers' marketing teams use appropriate content and language in print, web and other forms of marketing efforts.
A builder can permanently affix this bronze plaque to a home that has been certified. The plaque is available from the FGBC.
Application Pending Yard Sign
During construction, a builder can display an "Application Pending" yard sign. This sign is available from the FGBC.