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U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Celebrates 2014 LEEDership Awards
St. Petersburg, FL (October 19, 2014)– The U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosted its fifth annual LEEDership Awards on October 15, 2014 at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus’ LEED Gold Certified University Student Center. The Chapter’s annual awards program recognized and honored the outstanding green building projects, forward-thinking businesses, innovative design teams, and instrumental Chapter members who have displayed green building and sustainable development leadership on the Gulf Coast of Florida through their practices of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification — the leading international third-party green-building certification. Dave Pogue, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility for CBRE, Inc., and an essential contributor to sustainability discourse globally, emceed the event. Armed with leading research, 40 years of real estate experience, and some pockets of humor, Mr. Pogue told the story of the Gulf Coast Region’s green adoption, offering, “Every award recipient tonight, as well as every nominee’s team member, matters to the research we continue to pursue. My congratulations to all of the winners locally, and my thanks to them for driving trends tracked internationally.”
The President of the Chapter, Lacey Willard of CBRE, Inc., said, “For five years in a row now, our LEEDership Award recipients have become imperative to driving our Chapter’s mission. With every award bestowed, every building certified, every advocate accredited, and every community event sold out, we inch closer to truly adopting sustainability in our region. We should be proud of our accomplishments toward our vision, and excited about the opportunities we will continue to undertake together.” More than 125 green building practitioners, professionals and Chapter members attended the event, which included the Chapter’s Annual Meeting, a networking hour, a seated dinner, a keynote address from Dave Pogue, and the awards ceremony. The Chapter also celebrated its exceedingly successful programing for 2014, where members rallied to attend the Green Apple Day of Service, bi-monthly educational luncheons, Giving Challenge, AIA’s CANstruction benefitting All Faiths Food Bank, and monthly continuing-education events, while collaborating with fellow sustainability leader such as the University of Florida, ASHRAE, and Sarasota County.
Throughout the awards event, the Chapter invited iconic community members to present, including Michael Carlson, Christopher Davis, Josh Bomstein, Travis Barnes, Chris Prather, Taylor Ralph and Kent Walling. Award recipients were selected by an independent committee of judges from outside our Chapter’s region, and participated in a blind-judging process. The event was made possible with the sponsorships from MetWest International, TLC Engineering, Luma Stream, OT9 Design, CBRE, Inc., Biltmore Construction, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman, Creative Contractors, D.C. Herrmann and Assoc., REAL Building Consultants, Duke Energy, and Buccaneer Landscape Management.
The USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Congratulates and Recognizes the 2014 LEEDership Awards Recipients
The design includes many of the Florida vernacular architectural features that make a home built in Florida inherently more efficient.
• LEED FOR COMMERCIAL INTERIORS: KPMG-Tampa / Submitted by ASD
The new Workplace of the Future has been proven to be a success.
• LEED FOR CORE & SHELL: Axelrod Medical Pavilion at Morton Plant Hospital / Submitted by Creative Contractors, Inc.
The Axelrod Pavilion is the first green building on the hospital campus and one of the first medical offices in the region to achieve this milestone.
• LEED FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS: Renaissance Center / Submitted by exp U.S. Services, Inc.
Why have one LEED building when you can have four? This multi-building corporate campus is located in Tampa.
• LEED FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION: Design Styles Architecture Headquarters /Submitted by Design Styles Architecture, Inc.
The goal of this project was to restore and preserve a historically significant building while embracing the principles of sustainable design.
• LEED FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION – HIGHER EDUCATION: University of Tampa West Kennedy Hall / Submitted by The Beck Group
The goals of the project were to construct a premier residence hall that would demonstrate thoughtful, efficient, healthy and sustainable design and construction
• BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Josh Wynne Construction
Carbon neutral concepts, 100% zero-energy construction, smaller and more affordable options for a larger demographic, some work in neighborhood re-development and weatherization, and even some work with local government to consider smarter planning strategies related density and growth, are all within our reach.
• MUNICIPALITY OF THE YEAR: City of Oldsmar
With its recent achievements of being certified a Silver Florida Green Local Government by the Florida Green Building Coalition and earning two LEED Silver
Certifications for two separate buildings, the organization demonstrates leadership, advocacy and commitment to the advancement of the USGBC’s mission.
• COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR: Edible Peace Patch / Submitted by Julius the Architect, LLC
Dr. Kent “Kip” Curtis began the Edible Peace Patch Project as part of his curriculum at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg; the goal of the Peace Patch Project is to create
economic and self-development opportunity for youth, young adults, and the unemployed on the south side of St. Petersburg.
• INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITIONS: Tessa Lesage, Tony Stefan and Sarah Mason as Branch Members of the Year; Leigh Kendall as Chapter Member of the Year; and Lee Cooke as recipient of the President’s Award.
For more information concerning the 2014 LEEDership Award Recipients, including project information and project photos, as well as event photos, contact the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Executive Director, Lee Cooke at email@example.com or 561-373-7367.
About the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Celebrating more than 11 years of sustainable built environment impact, the mission of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmentally friendly knowledge and values as they pertain to the built environment and its relationship and impact on nature and human kind. The nonprofit organization hosts regular networking events, education programs, building tours, seminars and other events to expand green building knowledge, practice and success on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Learn more by visiting http://www.usgbc-fgc.org.
In the past decade, Josh Wynne has established himself as a master of the sustainable house — among the best in Florida and one of the best in the nation at constructing what most would call “green” houses.
Oddly, Wynne doesn’t even like the term “green building.” He prefers “good building.” And he did a lot of it at The Pearl, a 4,000-square-foot house on South Lake Shore Drive in Sarasota’s Oyster Bay.
With a HERS rating of 51, the house earned LEED-Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council with 101.5 points.
As a result, the Pearl, named for a landscaping feature at the rear of the 100-yard-deep property, won multiple trophies at the annual Aurora Awards presentation during the Southeast Building Conference in Orlando a week ago. Other local Aurora winners include Neal Communities, Synergy Building Corp. and Habitat for Humanity (see list on this page).
Josh Wynne Construction has brought more than 40 Aurora or Grand Aurora trophies home to Sarasota in the past few years, and they mean a lot to the company’s founder and chief designer.
“It is more of a regional competition,” said Wynne. “It is for 12 Southeastern states. It is a good opportunity to compare my houses to what other people are doing.”
Regarding the house’s LEED-Platinum certification, which has become almost a given for Wynne’s projects, he said, “We achieved that with no solar supplementation (photovoltaic panels), no rainwater cistern and no greywater collection. It was all just through smart design and intelligent use of materials and lot placement.”
The Pearl, on South Lake Shore Drive in Sarasota’s Oyster Bay, was created for a client who likes to entertain and enjoys Asian art and design. The central great room is a dominant feature, with exposed trusses that are 6 feet on center. “I built those myself in the field,” said Wynne. “It is pretty spectacular.”
The oddly shaped lot is 50 feet wide at the rear, 110 feet wide at the front and 297 feet deep, “and that drove the design of the house,” said Wynne, who designed the house with an engineer’s review, and also did the interior design.
“The client likes to have catered parties, but also is a private person,” said Wynne. “The progression is: public spaces, intermediate spaces and private spaces. That is echoed through the landscape design and the floor plan of the house.
“She has a lot of Asian furnishings and likes the idea of an Asian-style house, maybe even Polynesian. I took those design principles and converted them to the Florida vernacular. There are a lot of different roof lines, and a feeling of individual buildings — the great room building, the garage building, the guest wing building, and the master suite building — each with a unique and individual roof.”
At the rear of the property is what Wynne calls “our little pearl” — a circular garden that is sodded, with an elevated wood deck surrounded by four species of bamboo.
“It is pretty heavily planted and creates a really cool backyard 100 yards from the street,” said Wynne. “A lot of transition happens between the two.”
Wynne is proudest of the Grand Aurora award presented for the house’s kitchen.
“We won for best kitchen in show, so that is pretty awesome,” he said. “The kitchen is pretty spectacular; I like to do fun stuff with my kitchens. Jay Brady did an island top for me that is second to none. It is a 16-foot-long island top, 42 inches wide, waterfall edge, two and a half inches thick. It is one piece with an integrated sink and drain.
“It is pretty phenomenal. One piece, no seams, of GFRC — glass-fiber reinforced concrete. We put the island together and set the top over the island.”
Josh was interviewed recently for a local TV show, Sarasota Business Today. CLICK HERE and fast forward to the 3:36 mark to see a story about what we do!
We were so excited to be browsing Builder Magazine and unexpectedly stumble upon a mention of our Power Haus project!
Location: Sarasota, Fla.
Principal: Josh Wynne
Size: 5 employees
Little-known fact: Our first LEED-certified project (Codding Cottage) was the highest scoring LEED Platinum home in the U.S. at the time of certification and the first LEED for Homes v.1 in Florida.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your project, Trade Winds?
Josh Wynne: Among other things, we learned that extremely high levels of sustainability can be achieved by implementing simple design techniques and diligent conservation efforts. The use of expensive secondary systems such as solar PV, rainwater cisterns, and greywater recovery are not necessary if the proper design is in place and all opportunities for conservation have been exhausted.
What insights from this and other sustainable projects would you share with other professionals?
Sustainable homes start with good design. If your house is inefficient without the inclusion of secondary systems (such as air conditioning), it will be far lass efficient when those systems are factored. Passive design principals are imperative in a truly sustainable home.
What is your firm’s philosophy on sustainable design?
Every client wants a sustainable home. Some clients require an education to help them realize that.
What kinds of sustainable solutions are non-negotiable for your firm? What are the baseline standards your firm aims to meet with every project?
Every home is Energy Star-certified and FGBC-certified (a regional accreditation through the Floria Green Building Coalition,). Honestly, through education, we push our clients further than they ever intended on going.
What are the top energy-saving features you put in your projects?
Tight, well-insulated building envelopes, proper solar and natural ventilation design, and high efficiency HVAC systems. Obviously renewable energy systems are great when the budget allows.
How do you think these types of innovative green solutions might become standard?
Standards are what we make them. Our standards are maximum energy conservation, maximum water conversation, complete indoor health considerations, maximum durability and regional environmental stewardship.
Read more about Josh Wynne Construction’s Trade Winds in EcoHome’s case study.
Turn waste into wonderful for your home
Katy Tomasulo, special to USA TODAY
What’s old is new again, so before you hit the showroom, consider reclaimed materials and find one-of-a-kind gems, sometimes for a fraction of the cost, to give your home a new look.
- Repurposed materials run the gamut from simple DIY home décor projects.
- Reclaimed materials are sometimes less expensive than their newer counterparts.
- Reclaimed materials can offer a reduced environmental footprint.
7:37PM EST December 6. 2012 – Imagine walking on your kitchen’s stone floor each day, knowing that the surface below your feet was worn down over hundreds of years by carts, horses and pedestrians half a world away. Or imagine that the vanity where you get ready for work each morning was crafted from oaking staves once used to flavor wine.
Such is the hidden wonder and appeal of reclaimed materials.
Repurposed materials run the gamut from simple DIY home décor projects, such as bulletin boards made from accumulated wine corks or mail organizers fashioned from old window shutters, to professionally installed products like barn siding transformed into a door or a vintage trough finding new life as a bathroom sink.
Used materials often bring with them a one-of-a-kind story and an element of rarity. Reclaimed wood, for example, often comes from treasured old-growth species that can’t be found in wood products today. Saw marks, nail holes and other nostalgic signs of a former life can make the item even more interesting.
What’s more, reclaimed materials are sometimes less expensive than their newer counterparts and can offer a reduced environmental footprint.
Sourcing these elements is fairly straightforward via your builder or the Internet. Sometimes it takes a bit of digging—scout Craigslist, Freecycle, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, architectural salvage yards and yard sales for starters.
“It’s always an opportunistic thing,” says Josh Wynne, owner of Josh Wynne Construction in Sarasota, Fla., who often uses reclaimed materials in his custom homes.
Some items he finds on his travels, like the 400-year-old doors from Egypt he repurposed for interior use or the old shutters from Burma he transformed into pantry doors.
Other times, it’s about turning waste into wonderful. Wynne once stumbled upon a sawmill that was discarding rough-milled pieces of wood from more than 10 different tree species; he glued the scrap pieces together and cut out kitchen cabinets, resulting in a one-of-a-kind striped look.
Architect Gay Hardwick sought out numerous reclaimed materials for her own recently completed house in Kensington, Md. One source was a partially demolished elementary school she found on Craigslist. Hardwick purchased remnants of a 200-year-old stone wall circling the school to build her home’s chimney, fireplace and retaining wall, bringing the beauty of the old stone inside.
Hardwick also repurposed the school’s gym floor, originally headed for the dump, for flooring in her living room, hallway, and other areas, for a savings she estimates at $11,000.
Interior doors were salvaged from old houses in Virginia and Pennsylvania; hardware was also reclaimed. The super deep bathtub in her kids’ bathroom—original value $6,000—was bought at an architectural salvage store for a mere $75.
Hardwick attributes her finds to both hard work and luck. “Don’t do it unless you like going to architectural salvage places or flea markets. You have to enjoy that type of thing,” she says. “Otherwise, it’s a chore and you won’t be as confident.”
But the payoff can be worth the effort. “[With new homes,] you don’t get that emotional response you get when you walk into a 150-year-old craftsman bungalow,” Wynne says. “Reclaimed products, even in a new project, bring that story, that life.”
This article was excerpted from USA TODAY HOME magazine, available now on newsstands or through USA TODAY’s online store. The premium publication features articles on home improvement, décor and entertaining.
Our Power Haus project was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Project of the Year by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Click on the link below to see a full list of winners.
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