Drew Smith of Two Trails Inc. Named 2010 FGBC Certifying Agent of the Year and Certified the Highest Scoring FGBC Certified Home in Florida.

2010 has been a great year for Drew Smith of Two Trails. Earlier this year Drew was named the 2010 Certified Green Professional by NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). More recently Drew was just named FGBC (Florida Green Building Coalition) certifying agent of the year. Two Trails was also recognized by the FGBC for certifying the highest scoring FGBC home in the state of Florida. Drew worked on the home known as the “Coffee Pot” house. Builder Design Works and principal Jimmy Brattin hired Drew Smith to consult and help this custom home achieve high efficiency. “The home has achieved other awards from LEED, but being the highest scoring home for FGBC in the state of Florida is another great title to be bestowed upon this home. It is truly an honor to be recognized for building a home the way it should be built. These design practices can easily be incorporated into all new homes. It is great to have organizations like FGBC to provide a consistent standard to rank all homes and see their true efficiency.” Stated Drew Smith.

Drew Smith has been promoting building green for many years. Two Trails, Inc. is currently one of the leading Green Building Certification companies in United Sates. Drew has been involved in Green Building for over 12 years. He formed the company out of a desire to help builders, developers and homeowners to understand the process of Green Building and providing them with the knowledge to easily bring their green projects to life.

Drew Smith has provided leadership for sustainability for over a decade, volunteering his time and knowledge to help further the understanding of sustainability/green building throughout the state of Florida. Education is the key component to all of Drew’s commitments. Through education comes understanding and through understanding comes sustainable actions. Being involved in the building community along with the local community is very important in spreading the word about building green. Drew has been recently appointed by Gov. Crist as the Green Building representative on the Florida Building Commission, as well appointed as a National Director for the National Association of Homebuilders and a State Director for the Florida Homebuilders Association. He is also the Founding President of the Florida Green Building Coalition. Drew is the Past Chairman of the Green Building Committee for Florida Home Builders Association. Drew is a Trustee on the Future Builders of America Foundation, Past Chairman of the Green Building Council of the Manatee-Sarasota Home Builders Association, Chairman of the Myakka River Branch of the LEED for Homes Committee, member of Sustainable Sarasota, the FYN (Florida Yards & Neighborhoods) Builders and Developers Advisory Committee, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Drew frequently speaks at local community gatherings and homeowners association to spread his knowledge and show people how to be sustainable, save money, and save the environment. Drew believes his “hands-on” consultant style really helps not only the client but also makes the entire sub-contractor base more knowledgeable, thus fulfilling the need to educate all levels in a Green Building project. He has been instrumental in the inception of FGBC (Florida Green Building Coalition) as well as the founding President currently serving as a Board member and Chairman of the High Rise Residential Committee. Drew has been in the building industry as a state certified General Contractor since 1983. He has a B.A. in Architectural Design as well as a M.B.A. He is also a Certified HVAC & Indoor Environmental Air Quality Professional, an assessor for Florida’s Green Lodging Certification Program, GBTP (Green Building Technical Professional), a LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and a Certified Class 3 Energy Rater.

Drew is part of many organizations helping to lead them to the best practices for their particular industry. It always comes back to education as the key to developing long-term relationships that foster an understanding of what sustainability means to an individual, a company and an industry. Understanding the need for green building education, Drew Smith has developed Green Building University as a place for novice and experts to further their understanding of green building. In furthering his efforts to bring community awareness to building green he was instrumental in the completion of the Lakewood Ranch Green Gallery located in the information center at Lakewood Ranch. Drew has been locally and nationally recognized for his efforts to promote Green Building not only in Florida but across the United States. Being a leader in the Green Building movement has given Drew many unique projects to consult on over the years. Being able to implement those projects helps to define what Green Building will be in the future. His passion for Green Building has opened new horizons and broadened his knowledge of technological advancements in the construction industry. “The journey to a greener future begins today.”

As President of Two Trails Drew has achieved many firsts in his 12 years in Green Building. Below are a few we are proud of achieving.

Green Consultants for the 1st LEED Platinum Public School in the country Green Consultants for the 1st LEED Platinum Municipal building in Florida. Green Consultants for the Highest Scoring LEED Platinum Home in the country Green Consultants for the Highest Scoring FGBC Home in Florida Green Consultants for the 1st NAHB Emerald Certified Home in Florida Green Consultants for the 1st NAHB Gold Certified Home in Florida Congratulations to Drew Smith on his well deserved award!

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.

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