The term "green building," refers to a way of designing and constructing buildings to increase performance and enhance the health and experience for people who work, live and play in these structures. A green building
- Consumes less energy and potable water
- Designed for passive energy conservation
- Reduces use of building materials
- Protects natural resources on site
- Uses low-impact materials
- Maximizes longevity and durability
- Minimizes waste
- Recycles existing buildings
Resources, Help and Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have general questions or seek additional information regarding green buildings? The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the United States Green Building Council has published the following list of common questions and resource links.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a not-for-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 15,000 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Members include building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies and nonprofits. The USGBC also manages the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program for green buildings.
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC is the official local chapter of the nation U.S. Green Building Council.
Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC)
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a not-for-profit Florida corporation committed to expanding sustainable building practices. The organization's mission is "to provide a statewide green building program that defines, promotes, and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits."
State of Florida: MyFlorida Green Building
This website was developed and is maintained by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in partnership with the Florida Building Commission and the Department of Community Affairs to promote energy efficiency and the benefits of building green.
State of Florida: Green Building Links
This web page links to resources collected by FSEC staff in maintaining the MyFlorida Green Building website.
USGBC: Green Building Links
This web page links to resources collected by USGBC staff and members to facilitate green building research.
FGBC: Green Building Links
This web page links to resources collected by FGBC staff and members to facilitate green building research.