Green Certification


What Makes It Green?
Green can mean something a little different to everyone:  To some it may be features added to a home that increase its efficiency or improve the air quality; To others it may be more of an attitude, a feeling of responsibility or a lifestyle choice; And some may see the long-term value in quality, sustainability or reduced maintenance. The common perspective to all is foresight.

Good building science is green. Lessons from building science have taught us how to save energy; create healthy and comfortable indoor environments; and to use products and techniques that require less maintenance and last longer.

Good planning is green. With a little planning we can select products that save money and protect the environment; design a landscape that needs less irrigation water; learn how to recycle waste instead of sending it to a landfill; and utilize the sun's path to heat our home in the winter and avoid the heat in the summer.

Good stewardship is green. When we hire local craftsmen or purchase products that are manufactured nearby; control stormwater runoff and plant native species; and redevelop a property or utilize existing utilities, we are making decisions that are in the best interest of the environment or our communities.

There are tangible advantages to going green. Green can save energy, water and resources while improving the health, comfort and sustainability of our homes. But green is also an attitude. Our actions can go beyond personal benefits and affect the lives of those around us. Green feels good.


Adding green features or certification to your project adds value and improves its performance and livability. The most beneficial approach is to start early and incorporate elements and "attitude" into the design. The process is an integrative whole-building approach where decisions made in one category may enhance or impede performance elsewhere. We can help you add green components to your estimate, specifications and construction schedule.

A preliminary analysis can be performed during the design phase so that goals can be established for development of the project. Whether you've decided to go green with your home or you'd like to develop a green program for your business, let us show you the benefits and help you structure the process to suit your needs.

Green Certification Process
Each of the green certifying programs uses similar checklists for tracking the green components of a home and calculating the overall performance rating. In general "Green" can be categorized into: 
  • Property Characteristics; 
  • Site Development; 
  • Water Conservation; 
  • Energy Efficiency; 
  • Smart Resources; 
  • Durable Construction; 
  • Indoor Health; 
  • Environmental Awareness; 
  • Waste Management; and
  • Operations and Maintenance.
Each comprises several methods of varying values that meet the intent of the category. The process is an integrative whole-building approach where points earned in one category may benefit or impede performance elsewhere. 

A preliminary analysis can be performed during the home design phase so that goals can be established for development of the project. Some of the most cost-effective and beneficial results can be obtained by incorporating green decisions into the early design phase. 
Green Links
Green Certification
FGBC
NAHB Green Building
USGBC - LEED

Incentive Programs
DSIRE
Energy Star
US DOE
US EPA

Energy Links
Energy Gauge Analysis Software
EnergyPlus
Energy Star
US DOE - EERE

Florida Links
Florida LEED Homes
FL Renewable Energy Center
FL Solar Energy Center
Florida Water Star
Florida Yards

Healthy Interiors
EPA Indoor airPLUS Program

Water Conservation
EPA WaterSense Program
Florida's Water

Resources
Green Building Advisor
Green Home Guide

LEED Resources
Design and Construction Ideas and Information about Homes in the South. Florida and the Gulf Coast have unique climate and environmental conditions that have influenced the design of homes since long before air-conditioning was available. Lessons from “Olde Florida” vernacular design still apply today. With energy efficiency and a new green awareness on the minds of many in the industry, building systems and construction techniques are evolving forward with an eye on the past.