Florida Green Homes Offers Real Green Knowledge at a Real Florida Home Builder Site

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Florida Green Homes is the premier Florida Green Home Builder in Florida now offering serious educational opportunities to the public interested in finding out more about green home construction.

The management group at Florida Green Homes is on a mission. This Florida home builder would like to educate the general public, elected officials, realtors and the media as to what certified green construction is all about… for FREE. They’re heading into the project without commercial purposes or profit in mind because all their experience in green construction has shown them that most people still don’t understand how green construction can benefit them.

They figured that with a new home under construction at 25 Emerald Lake Court in the Palm Coast Plantation community on Colbert Lane, they had an actual open air laboratory where everyone could take advantage of their expertise and years of experience in a forum of give and take with actual examples of just about everything that would be discussed plainly visible, graphically showing what will make the house green and lead to Platinum Certification by the Florida Green Building Coalition..

The exterior walls are up and still open which will enable visitors to see the big difference between super-insulated, steel-reinforced, poured concrete walls with an insulation value more than four times that of standard construction (R-47 vs. R-11), providing additional energy savings, moisture resistance, and are able to withstand hurricane force winds of up to 200 miles per hour. The roof is on, but not yet shingled. And, the interior walls are studded-out. One of Florida Green Homes’ executives said, “This is exciting. It’s going to allow us to present an educational view of many of the major elements that go in to making a home green, and show the types of things that the independent inspectors for the Florida Green Building Coalition look for and award points for.”

The Florida Green Building Coalition is the organization in the State that certifies if a home is green, and just how green it is. They work on a points system which designates whether a new construction project receives Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Certification. Florida Green Homes concentrates on providing home buyers finished houses that have achieved Gold, and preferably Platinum Certification - which represents maximum points earned in every major category. Just one benefit of such focus is up to 70% savings on monthly utility bills. Florida Green Homes achieves its desired results by working closely with the independent inspectors from before the lot is even cleared, through design, construction, and finishing. Only a handful of homes in Central and Northeast Florida have been Certified Platinum; Florida Green Homes counts itself in that exclusive group.

At 25 Emerald Lake Court also will provide visitors the opportunity of seeing a closed roof system, peel’n’stick roofing components, and Icynene®insulation on the underside of the roof and in the interior walls. All these items come together and produce a system within the house that give the home owner more than any one of them could: energy efficiency; sound proofing; hurricane resistance; water proofing; virtually no allergens or other respiratory inflammatories; virtually insect and vermin resistant; fire resistant; mold resistant; and, more.

According to another Florida Green Homes executive, “A Certified green home utilizes power and water resources without waste, is able to withstand the forces of a severe hurricane or other weather event, is fire resistant, is “healthy” due to virtually no allergens/dust/volatile organic compounds, is designated to be of superior construction in the eyes of insurance underwriters, and is in unison with the local environment. We “do green,” and invite everyone to find out about what we’re doing. I want everyone to share in our excitement that in addition to giving our home owners substantial energy savings, every home we build has a minimum impact on natural resources.

Florida Green Homes receive environmental certifications from six different agencies. Over and above the Platinum Certification they strive for from the FGBC, Florida Green Homes has recognition on the Federal level from the Environmental Protection Agency as Indoor Air Plus qualified - healthy to live in housing; as-well-as certified by FPL as BuildSmart,® certified EnergyStar® - Five Stars PLUS ®, certified Florida WaterStar® by the St. John’s River Water Management District, and, of course, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods ® - Florida Friendly Yards by the University of Florida.

It’s Florida Green Homes’ feeling that everyone can afford to live in a Certified Green Home and reap all the benefits such a home offers. They are not just for affluent people, because, now, Florida Green Homes offers three collections - from Luxury to Affordable – so there’s a Certified Green Home for every budget and any taste.

Florida Green Homes’ open forum will run from March 24th through April 2nd. Members of the general public, elected officials, real estate professionals and members of the media are reminded that RSVP’s would be appreciated at 386.447.4151. Following April 2nd, the exterior walls, the roof and the interior walls will be “buttoned-up” and, though the invitation to take advantage of a personal tour of the home at 25 Emerald Lake Court, which is destined to be Certified as a Platinum Green Home be a real Florida home builder, would still be open, it -simply- would not be as educational as it would the ten days prior when all parts and pieces would be fully visible.

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