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Florida's Showcase Green Envirohome™

Construction Start - 4 June 2007
Construction begins - 4 June 2007
as of 7 August 2007
Construction - August 2007

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as of 7 August 2007
as of 7 August 2007
Construction - June 2008
as of 7 August 2007
Construction - November 2010

"THE GREENEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD" - FOX News

Florida's Showcase Green Envirohome (FSGE) has been featured in USA TODAY and touted on FOX News as "The Greenest House In The World". The first-of-its-kind true green home and live residential touring facility, FSGE, a private membership-based organization, will be opened in the near future to its members for one year of scheduled walkthroughs. The walkthroughs will demonstrate the best green building and green living choices and practices available today along with monitored "proof of performance" data from a live test site with several occupants. FSGE is located only one hour from Disney World. Please check back for our online walkthrough scheduling to be available in the near future.

Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne destroyed FSGEs original structure in 2004 displacing a single family - our family. Eleven months later in 2005 Hurricane Katrina annihilated two more homes that displaced the other side of our family. The result was a project of passion, namely FSGE. An educational awareness and "true green" project designed to set the most stringent global green building and green living standards to date, FSGE helps others see how to:

  • Mitigate, if not eliminate, the affects of myriad natural disasters
  • Consider and improve both health of the human body and sustainability of the planet for now and our future
  • Lower insurance, energy, water and maintenance costs

By doing so, FSGE's builders and staff continue to emerge as the true green building and green living experts worldwide.

Built to keep giving shelter and water under the most extreme conditions that nature can offer, and while using less energy and requiring less maintenance, FSGE is being rebuilt in Central Florida along the Atlantic coastline with the "best of the best" green building and green living technologies as a:

  • "Near Zero-Loss Home™ "
  • "Near Zero-Runoff Home™"
  • "Near Zero-Energy Home"
  • "Near Zero-Maintenance Home™"

These technologies include leading edge building envelope, disaster recovery, solar, wind, stormwater management, "greenroof", indoor air quality, consideration of occupants’ health, and other green innovations collectively providing hurricane, tornado, flood, fire, mold, termite, impact, sound, and even earthquake resistance.

To ensure stronger, safer and greener construction, FSGE partnered with more than 4 dozen, public, quasi-public and private sector entities, including the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Project. With plans to meet or exceed 12 sets of green building guidelines and obtain 8 certifications, FSGE has already attained Fortified for safer living and Florida Water Star certifications. To fill in the gaps, FSGE is currently creating its own green living guidelines, namely Health Gems Occupants Environment.


FSGE Full Rendering

Artist's Concept


#1 GREENROOF PROJECT IN THE WORLD 2008-2009

University of Central Florida (UCF), the sixth largest university in the U.S., was the first in the world to identify the potential pollution mass in stormwater. Consequently there is now law in the U.S. limiting pollution to our water bodies, both surface water and groundwater. However, residential runoff still accounts for the largest, uncontrolled source of pollution in the U.S., especially in areas with larger annual rainfall volumes. Using results of research from UCF Stormwater Management Academy and assisted by a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mark Baker, LLC, builder of FSGE, constructed the world’s first residential “greenroof stormwater treatment system” as part of FSGE using UCF’s patent pending greenroof media coupled with advanced hurricane mitigation features. This is one of FSGE’s key features as a Near Zero-Runoff Home™.

In addition to FSGE’s greenroof stormwater treatment system, FSGE has such innovations as patented SIP steel-reinforced exterior walls, a hurricane technology rendering stronger, cheaper, faster and healthier construction than both concrete block and stick and frame when considering energy efficiency and reduced construction labor (SIPs can lower labor costs by as much as 55%); green living features with focus on occupants’ health throughout the home and property; water and energy usage monitoring systems; a global-first "off grid" all-DC solar air conditioner; state-of-the-art wind generators at less cost than solar photovoltaic and designed to supplement the home’s energy; and a solar water heater that can produce hot water year-round, even on a cloudy day.

WHAT IS "TRUE" GREEN BUILDING & LIVING?

Any building that is ecologically friendly in the following areas:
  • Ability to Withstand Natural Disasters
  • Occupants' Health - Inside Building & on Property
  • Eliminating Electropollution from Smart Meters, power lines, microwave ovens, WI-FI, cell phones and other wireless non-ionizing radiation that damages human DNA
  • Indoor Air Quality & Occupant's Comfort
  • Water Efficiency, Quality & Management
  • Energy Efficiency, Performance, & Management
  • Durability
  • Ease of Operation, Maintenance & Education
  • Sustainability
  • Lot Design, Preparation & Low-Impact Development
  • Natural Resource Efficiency - Waste Reduction & Recycling
  • Minimal Emissions into Air & Minimal Effluents/Runoff into Sewerage/Water Bodies
  • Minimum Global Impact
  • Environmental Awareness & Management

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