Building GREEN is Economical for all Budgets

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Two Trails, Inc.- Green Building Consulting has completed the certification for the newest site addition for The Florida Center for Child and Family Development in North Port, FL.

Two Trails, Inc.- Green Building Consulting has completed the certification for the newest site addition for The Florida Center for Child and Family Development in North Port, FL.

The Florida Center for Child and Family Development is similar to other non-profit organizations by depending on charitable funds for operation. Monetary budget limitations were considered for building the facility including cost savings in the maintenance of the facility for years to come. The general public perception of building Green is the cost is more than a non-Green building. Two Trails believes building Green is achievable on all budgets, being specifically design for affordable housing and buildings. The building will benefit in the immediate reduced operational costs and benefit from the renewable energy saving features for future years. A perfect example that building Green is economical for all budgets is The Florida Center for Child and Family Development, which is a 10,000 square foot building.

The Florida Center for Child and Family Development is an active organization in the community and provides services for young children and their families facing challenging situations. The most important goals to the center was correlating environmental and human wellness. LEED building goals for the facility included areas in Environmental and Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Indoor Environmental Quality.

"It is rewarding to see a building that is such a keystone to the community achieve its LEED Certification. The reduced operation and maintenance cost allows The Florida Center to direct that funding back in to their passion for helping families. This is a prime example of why building to a green standard is so important." stated Drew Smith, LEED AP and President of Two Trails, Inc. - Green Building Consulting.

The building earned total of 26 points for a “Certification” status on the nationally recognized LEED Certification program.

Sustainable sites points were completed for: Site Selection, Alternative Transportation, Storm water Management, Heat Island Effect.

Water Efficiency points were completed for: Water Efficient Landscaping & Water Use Reduction.

Energy & Atmosphere points were completed for: Optimize Energy Performance & Green Power.

Materials & Resources points were completed for: Construction Waste, Recycled Content & Regional Materials.

Indoor Environmental Quality points were completed for: Low Emitting Materials: Adhesives & Sealants, Low Emitting Materials: Composite Wood & Agrifiber & Daylighting 75% of Spaces.

Innovative & Design Process points were completed for: Innovation in Design & LEED Accredited Professional.

About Two Trails, Inc.
Two Trails, Inc. is a Green Building Consulting firm established in 2001. We provide green consulting services nationwide for commercial, residential, remodeling, and developments looking to obtain LEED (US Green Building Council) NAHB Green Home Standard, Energy Star, FGBC (Florida Green Building Coalition) certifications.

Our President, Drew M. Smith, LEED AP, was the founding President of the Florida Green Building Coalition and is the first Governor appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida. Two Trails, Inc. provides hands-on consulting making it easy to achieve certification.

About The Florida Center for Child and Family Development.
The Florida Center for Child and Family Development is a nationally accredited community-based agency that provides quality programs and services dedicated to the development of young children, their families, and the communities. The services the center provides involve assistance and therapy for children and their families facing emotional, physical and psychological challenges that cannot be overcome alone.

Contact Information:
Tom Rupp
Two Trails, Inc.
Communications and Marketing Manager
tom(at)twotrails(dot)com
941-776-8680
http://www.twotrails.com

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