Green Trends was held this year in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at the PGA National Resort Spa on September 12-14, 2012. GreenTrends Conference & Tradeshow draws an active green building audience of builders, architects, specifiers, facility managers, green consultants, and product representatives to learn and share about the latest cost-saving strategies. This year’s annual award ceremony highlighted accomplishments for Drew Smith of Two Trails and his clients. GreenTrends Conference is sponsored by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Green Building Standard. The FGBC Green Home Standard indicates the criteria by which a Florida home, new or existing, can be designated green. Certifying Agents can guide designers, builders or homebuyers through the process of qualifying and documenting green homes. The FGBC Green home standard takes into consideration the unique climate to which home are constructed in the state of Florida which is unlike the national standards. Similar to the national standards FGBC does require a third party certification for verification that the home is built to the FGBC standard.
At this years award ceremony Drew Smith President of Two Trails Inc. received Certifying Agent of the Year for 2011 at this year’s conference. Drew has previously received this award in 2008 & 2010. In 2011 Two Trails has certified over 300 homes to the FGBC standard. Within the over 300 certified homes Two Trails clients also received special recognition. Josh Wynne of Josh Wynne Construction received an award for his project “Power Haus” for
the highest scoring home in 2011. Josh also received the award for Builder of the year from GreenTrends award ceremony. Josh Wynne Construction was not the only client of Two Trails to be recognized. Two Trails clients were the top 9 highest scoring homes in the state of Florida. The FGBC uses a Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum designation within the standard to separate the points earned within the standard. All of the top ten homes were certified Platinum within the Florida Green Building Coalition Standard.
The top ten builder’s homes are ranked as followed.
-Josh Wynne Construction #1 & #3
-Pine Avenue Construction #2
-Inbar Design #4
-Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County- #5, #6, #7, #8
About Drew Smith | Two Trails, Inc. was founded in 2001, by an innovative builder who set out to change the methodology of conventional building science. Drew realized that the only way to change the industry was to become the resource for the knowledge on how to implement healthy, sustainable projects. He “hung up his hammer” and opened one of the first green building, consulting firms in the nation.
By helping to develop standards for the American Lung Association, National Home Builders Association, Florida Green Building Coalition, and USGBC LEED for Homes by either writing the standard or testing the viability of the standard in the field, he was able to provide his firm with a thorough understanding of the science of building sustainable, healthy, environmentally conscious, and affordable solutions for the building industry. He was “green” before “green” was more than a color. Our President, Drew M. Smith, LEED AP BD+C, 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 Two Trails, Inc. | Two Trails, Inc. is one of the nations premier Green Building Consulting firm established in 2001. We provide green consulting services nationwide for commercial, residential, remodeling, and developments seeking to obtain LEED certification and/or LEED commissioning by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Energy Star by the U.S. Department of Energy, & Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) certifications.
Two Trails, Inc.
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