Local/Regional vs. National Standards

Challenge

Some regions, states, and municipalities have begun to develop their own performance standards, which are able to address the specific conditions in their area. For example, Florida Green Building Coalition FGBC) has developed a series of certification that particularly address Florida’s climate and the natural disaster risks from hurricanes and blowing winds. However, these localized programs may not be recognized by financial institutions when considering a project for an efficient or green mortgage product.

Opportunity & Response

Front Porch Initiative is exploring a partnership with SBP to develop a better understanding of which energy efficiency & resilience standards work best together (considering both logistics and cost); develop recommendations on the optimal resilient/energy efficient building techniques in the Gulf Coast region; and to provide recommendations on changes to existing building standards to better achieve energy efficient, resilient homes at affordable price points

Implementation

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