fgbc: Green Builder Spotlight - 02/16/09 05:53 AM
I recently started a newsletter for the EarthSTEPS Green Building Division. As part of that newsletter, I am going to be highlighting a green builder in every issue. Here's a copy of the first Green Builder Spotlight. A copy of the entire newsletter can be found here.
I would love to get feedback on the newsletter... what kind of information do you want to hear about green building in Florida!?
If you would like to sign up to receive news on green building in Florida, please register here.
LD Callaghan, Inc. of Crawfordville, FL, build their homes to FGBC … (4 comments)

fgbc: Florida HOP Part 5. Homebuyer Loan Process - 01/26/09 02:38 PM
Florida’s  HOP program
For a brief overview of the program, please see my first posting
Homebuyer Loan Process:  
Keeping it simple, keeps you happy!
1.    Contact a HOP educated REALTOR and Lender to assist you with your homebuying process
2.    Once construction on the Unit has begun, Members (HOP builders) will reserve your homebuyer financing (provided on a loan-by-loan basis) by providing the required date of foundation inspection on the HOP Homebuyer Reservation (“HOPRES201 (5/01/08”) - for more information, please see http://www.floridahousing.org/Home/Developers/HomeownershipPrograms/HOP.
3.    Within fourteen (14) Calendar Days of making the reservation, Members … (0 comments)

fgbc: Florida HOP Part 4. Eligible Homebuyer Requirements - 01/26/09 02:10 PM
Florida’s  HOP program
For a brief overview of the program, please see my first posting
Eligible Homebuyer Requirements:
1. In order to receive a HOP Loan under the HOP program, the Eligible Homebuyer must:
     (1)     Have an Adjusted Income that does not exceed eighty
     percent (80%) AMI
     (2)     Qualify as an Eligible Homebuyer at the time of the
     execution of the purchase contract
     (3)     Occupy the Unit as their principal residence
     (4)     Provide a minimum down payment of $500, except when participating in a Self-Help program

fgbc: Florida HOP Part 3. Additional Builder Requirements - 01/26/09 01:36 PM
Florida’s  HOP program

For a brief overview of the program, please see my first posting
Additional Building Requirements:
All Units must be new construction which have not been previously occupied except that Members that are counties and eligible municipalities that are administrators of SHIP funding may make reservations for Eligible Homebuyers for HOP funds on Units that are currently in the process of Substantial Rehabilitation.
At no time shall the HOME financing exceed the Maximum Per Unit Subsidy Limits pursuant to 24 CFR § 92.250. The maximum per-unit subsidy of HOP funding is limited to the … (0 comments)

fgbc: Florida HOP Part 2. Builder Requirements - 01/26/09 12:48 PM

Florida’s  HOP program
For a brief overview of the program, please see my first posting

Requirements for Building Eligibility:
1.      All New Construction Units are required to meet the more stringent of the State or Local Building Code, as well as accomplish/include the following:
    a.     Range and oven
    b.     ENERGY STAR rated refrigerator
    c.     ENERGY STAR rated dishwasher (which may be waived for self help units)
    d.     Lever-handled faucet with removable spout or lever-handled faucet with separate sprayer (spout or sprayer must have at least a 9-inch hose)
    e.     … (0 comments)

fgbc: Florida HOP Part 1. Homeownership Pool Program clarified - 01/26/09 08:58 AM

Thinking outside the box when it comes to buying homes in Florida!!!
Florida’s  HOP program

What is it?
The Florida Home Ownership Pool Program, a program of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, provides matching funds and down payment assistance to Eligible Homebuyers for the purchase of new construction or substantially rehabilitated units.
Are you eligible as a homebuyer?
If your income does not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), then, yes, you are potentially eligible for this program (contact the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for more information on eligibility).  
What … (4 comments)

fgbc: Green Design Charrettes - 01/18/09 08:05 AM

An important and often-overlooked component of green design is the design charrette.
While not a mandatory requirement for most residential green certifications (e.g. LEED-H), it is a valuable practice that can help to save money and time down the road.
The design charrette enables members of the design/construction team and other stakeholders to come together at an early stage and develop an integrated design goal and schedule.

The charrette is typically an intensive single to multi-day effort, involving all interested parties in a comprehensive overview of the project. This process enables all parties to … (3 comments)

fgbc: Green MLS: ENERGY STAR and Green Homes in Tallahassee - 01/14/09 04:09 AM

The Tallahassee MLS is GREEN!!!!
As of this last November, the Tallahassee Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has included new searchable fields for ENERGY STAR and third-party verified Green Certified homes.
The current options available are:
LEED for homes ENERGY STAR Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) green home NAHB HERS rated Green Candidate (for homes that are in the process of obtaining a certification/rating). As part of the quality control process, Realtors submitting homes to the MLS as a green home will be required to attach an associated document that confirms the certification for the listed property.

fgbc: Building Green in Tallahassee - 10/22/08 03:21 PM

I just received an email from a builder/homeowner that I am working with in the Tallahassee area. He is planning on building a certified green home, and is only a few weeks from receiving his permits and breaking gound on the project.
He emailed me to let me know that he has just created a really cool blog to document the process! For those of you reading this that are interested in green building, planning on building green yourself, or just plain curious about the process, this blog is sure to be a detailed and fun account of the whole … (4 comments)

fgbc: Green Trends 2008 - 07/06/08 01:48 PM
Coming up in less than a month is the 2008 Green Trends Conference and Trade Show!
July 30th - August 2nd at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida
This year promises to be really exciting as we face the reality that green building may soon be the only building that gets done.
In addition to exciting building news, seminars, products and events, there will be a live music performance by the Charlie Daniels Band!
For more information, check out the Southeast Building Conference website.
Alex Mordas, M.Sc. EcoBroker® & REALTOR® LEED for homes, Field Agent … (13 comments)

fgbc: City of Tallahassee Green Initiatives, Rebates and Incentive Programs - 06/29/08 01:41 PM

Here in Tallahassee we are lucky to have one the most generous city rebate & incentive programs for building or remodeling green. e.g. if you are building an energy-efficient home and you are interested in getting it ENERGY STAR certified, the city of Tallahassee will pay you up to $1/square foot of conditioned space, up to $2,000 dollars!
This not only covers the cost of the certification, but will put money in your pocket!
For more information on these and other rebates & home-improvement grants in Tallahassee, go here, or check out the website for Tallahassee's "Go Green" Program. Included … (0 comments)

fgbc: THE greenest home in the South! ...by far! - 06/28/08 04:41 PM

For more photos on this listing, check out this site: Discover House
Alex Mordas, M.Sc. EcoBroker® & REALTOR® LEED for homes, Field Agent Green Home Certifying Agent, FGBC www.tallahassee-ecobroker.comalexmordas@kw.com (850) 559-4976
Referrals are an important part of my business. If you or someone you know is in need of real estate services, please give me a call. Thank you.

fgbc: FGBC/TBA Green Council meeting was a big success! - 06/12/08 09:12 AM
The Tallahassee Green Building Council (GBC) meeting that I wrote about a few days ago was a great success!
The place was packed with builders, realtors, home inspectors, and other professionals coming to learn more about the Florida Green Building Coalition Green Home Standards certification. Many had already had a little experience and were there for networking purposes. Others were new, or relatively new, to green building and were coming to learn about associated costs, obstacles, and what types of market advantage green homes might have.
Suzanne Cook, of the Florida Green Building Coalition, gave a great presentation and … (0 comments)

fgbc: Italy's warning - 06/09/08 03:12 PM

If you did not yet get a chance to read the NY times' Sunday article on Naples' trash problem, you have got to take a quick peek!?
If you don't have time for the whole article, here's the gist of it:
No trash has been picked up in Naples for the last few months... Why? There's nowhere left to put it. All of the garbage dumps have been full for some time, and there is no vacant land remaining to build another!
Part of the problem appears to be the Italian lack of interest in recycling, part of the … (6 comments)

fgbc: Tallahassee Green Building Council event - 06/09/08 10:56 AM

The latest Green Building Council event is going to be held out at Mike Rogers' Southern Oaks development. This is the location of Tallahassee's first certified green development. If you are in the market to build a new home and are interested in building green this would be a great location to settle down with like-minded folks.
If you would like to know more about this development of others like it, please contact me at: (850) 559-4976, or alexmordas@kw.com.

Directions: Take Mahan Dr. east past Cap. Cr., Left on Edenfield, left on Barfield to Southern Oaks.
Alex … (0 comments)

fgbc: Every Day is Earth Day at the Green Living Center ..! - 04/22/08 06:06 AM
The Green Living Center (GLC), located at 1020 N. Monroe Street on the same block as Decent Pizza, aims to be Tallahassee's answer to all things green.
The GLC hosts a wide array of products and services from green businesses in and around the Tallahassee area. In fact, if you have a green business, or green business idea and would like some space to place products, or a place to advertise, come on down to the GLC and chat with the friendly folks there to see what they can do for you. 
Different Low Energy lighting options available at the GLC
The … (0 comments)

fgbc: Green Products Fair & Trade Show - Reminder - 04/15/08 07:43 PM
I wanted to remind all of you Tallahasseans (and wish you were living in Tallahasseeans) that our local chapter of the US Green Building Council will be hosting the Capital Region Green Products  Fair & Trade  Show this Tuesday, April 22, 2008. 
Expect a fun-filled and highly informative evening with professionals from all aspects of the green building community -  Please come on down and get informed. Folks living here in Tallahassee are lucky in that we are really pushing forwards to lead the nation in the green building front. If you are just in town for a few days, please … (3 comments)

fgbc: Green Home Certification Tallahassee - 04/14/08 09:17 AM
Looking to get a home certified in the Tallahassee area...

 For about 4 months  now, I have been actively working as a Green Home Certifying Agent with the Florida Green Building Coalition, and have worked on over 100,000 sq. ft. of green buildings in the Tallahassee area. Now, I am really excited to say, if you want to build a LEED for homes green home in the Tallahassee area, myself and one other field agent are now able to provide the field checking, consulting, and assistance with the LEED for homes standards.
This last week we participated in a class at … (2 comments)


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