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

Chipola

Integrating Multiple Standards

Challenge

Home performance encompasses more than energy efficiency. Some beyond-code certifications are beginning to address intersections between efficiency, resilience, and health but many focus only on one aspect of performance. Integration of more than one third-party standard into a house can be a challenge when the standards conflict. 

Opportunity & Response

Front Porch Initiative works with housing providers to determine which third-party standards are appropriate and beneficial for their project and helps them integrate said standards into their projects. Planning ahead is key to minimizing added costs and construction delays when integrating multiple standards. As the Front Porch team learns to work with a variety of different standards, that knowledge can be shared with other partners. 

Implementation

Chipola