Education

Pre-Conference Workshop

Understanding Green Building Programs, Compliance Requirements
And Government Regulations in South Florida
Local governments are increasingly mandating that new construction is certified by a national or state recognized green building program. Whether it is concern over climate change and community resiliency, or just encouraging informed decisions to reduce energy and water demand, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease other harmful environmental impacts, many South Florida local governments such as Hallandale, Hollywood, the city of Miami (Miami-21 Ordinance) and Miami Beach are taking this route.

Discovery Channel’s “Project Earth” technical advisor and star Dr. Jennifer Languell will conduct an intensive workshop about complying with local government and green certification program requirements on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to Noon.

Certification program comparisons will include: LEED to FGBC commercial and high-rise standards, Green Globes compared to LEED; and NGBS Multi-Family Building compared to LEED 2009 with notes about LEED v4 that will be required starting October 31, 2016.

This workshop will help you understand the requirements, analyze costs and benefits of each certification program, and see how the Florida Green Building Coalition’s climate-specific standards can work for your project and offer significant cost savings.
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Languell, President, Trifecta Construction Solutions, Fort Myers, FL
Pre-Conference Workshop. Additional Ticket Required. Cost $150. Complete the Registration Form.

CONFERENCE Programs

Opening Keynote: Syd Kitson, Kitson & Partners, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Visioning Babcock Ranch
In 2006, Palm-Beach based developer Syd Kitson set an audacious goal:  To prove that growth and preservation can work hand in hand. A decade after facilitating the largest land preservation purchase in Florida history the new town of Babcock Ranch is now arising in Southwest Florida.  By embracing Florida Green Building Standards and weaving sustainability right into the infrastructure – Babcock Ranch is creating a whole new model for responsible growth.

Building Green: Getting the Most Out of Your Sales & Appraisals
You built a green home that cost you a little more to build and have a buyer willing to pay the price. The challenge comes when a mortgage is required. Does your borrower know how to choose a “green lender” and does your green lender know how to choose a “green appraiser?” Do you know how to prepare your borrower to approach the lending and appraising process?  You’ll leave with power tips to assist in marketing, educating, and appraising green features.  Come prepared to take notes and ask questions of a national expert. When you complete this session you will be able to:
♦ Identify high performance trends influencing value
♦ List challenges and solutions affecting appraised values
♦ Describe the “Borrowers’ Bill of Rights” in the lending appraisal process
Speaker: Sandra Adomatis, Principal, Adomatis Appraisal Service, Punta Gorda, FL

Legal and Practical Incentives for Sustainable Development
This program will discuss recent trends and developments in regulations providing carrots and sticks for sustainable development, and how to assess which approaches to sustainable development are feasible and effective in order to best take advantage of such opportunities. Ms. Negro will discuss the nature and impacts of Sustainability Ordinances, specifically what they are, what to expect with regard to regulations, and which are being enacted with greater frequency in Florida and around the country.  She will also discuss green tax incentives and incentives related to urban agriculture as a component of development. Dr. Brosnan will discuss how to estimate and quantify the benefits that green or gray infrastructure can provide. She will also address when and how to target investment in restoration, conservation, and resiliency efforts that are both effective and financially responsible. This discussion will include exploring examples of sustainable development practices for lessons learned and to identify what steps are both feasible and effective for sustainable coastal development.
Speakers: Sorell E. Negro, Associate, Robinson & Cole LLP, Miami, FL and Dr. Deborah Brosnan, President, Deborah Brosnan & Associates, Arlington, VA

Meeting the New Florida Energy Code Requirements: Performance Path Made Simple
The Performance Path of the 5th Edition Florida Energy Code requires that homes score an E-Ratio of 1.00 or less. Get the down and dirty inside knowledge on how to get projects to pass code utilizing the Energy Gauge software for performance calculations. You’ll get an in-depth look at each of the two types of Performance Testing – Blower Door and Duct Leakage, what results are required to pass, how the test is conducted, and a look at approaches to ensure success, and why verification is important for energy efficiency. Specific topics will include identifying and sealing air leakage, duct sealing requirements, envelope leakage, common issues to address within the Energy Gauge software to ensure accurate ratings, and what’s ahead for strategies and enforcement.
Speaker: Ryan McCracken, Director of Energy Inspection Services, SkyeTec, Jacksonville, FL

Community Solar: Understanding the Business Model & Opportunities
As the solar energy market rapidly expands, more people are exploring the possibility of going solar. While not everyone is able to install panels on their roofs due to cost, unsuitable roof space, living in a large condo building, or renting living space, alternative business models like community solar and shared solar are gaining popularity and increasing access to clean solar energy. Shared solar programs can reduce the financial and technical barriers to going solar. This presentation will explore the solar co-op process, its structure, purchasing process, benefits and challenges, along with financing options newly available in Florida.
Speaker: Angela DeMonbreun, Florida Solar United Neighborhoods(FLSUN) Program Director ,Community Power Network, Jacksonville, FL

Resiliency: Transforming Communities
The climate clock — that is, the window of opportunity for reducing greenhouse gas emissions so as to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change — is ticking. As climate change gathers momentum — and climate-related impacts grow in severity and frequency — communities must be resilient to survive and thrive. Florida is one of the most vulnerable states to the projected impacts of climate change.  Understanding and preparing for, and mitigating, those impacts are among the most significant and timely sustainability issues facing Florida today. The issues include the built and natural environments as well as social and economic elements. From this panel you will learn how communities in Florida can prepare for projected sea level rise and other impacts of climatic change.
Speakers: Jim Barnes, Assistant Village Manager, City of Wellington, Wellington, FL; Jim Murley, Chief,Office of Resilience, Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL; Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Director, Broward County Environmental Planning & Community Resilience Division, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Susanne Torriente, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL