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Florida Green Home Designation Certification Course

Course Dates and online registration are available at the bottom of this page.
If interested in becoming an FGBC Certifying Agent, minimum requirements are stated below.

Course Description

A two day training offering green building techniques appropriate for Florida homes.

CEUs: 10.5 credits, CILB# 0608077

Number of Classroom Hours: 10.5



Certifying Agent An individual accredited by the Florida Green Building Coalition to evaluate a home with respect to the criteria contained in this Standard for the purposes of verifying that the qualifications for a Florida Green Home Designation have been achieved. A Certifying Agent must be an independent, third party verifier and cannot be on the payroll of any company that is responsible for the construction of the home, nor can the Certifying Agent stand to profit from the certification of the project. The Certifying Agent is entitled to be compensated for the verification work that they perform and may act as a consultant if their scope does not fall within the restricted conditions stated above.


1. One year experience in the home building industry - Verification of experience will require written references to such activity in at least one of the below listed professions:

  • Residential trade contractor or builder experience either on the jobsite or in management
  • Superintendent or other jobsite supervision
  • Licensed or qualified home inspector or certified energy rater
  • Residential design or architectural work
  • Residential land development management
  • Green building verification for another green certification
  • Construction consulting or training

2. 14 hours of Green Home Construction Continuing Education Courses (CE’s) within prior 2 years of application

  • Courses must specifically emphasize Green Home construction techniques and concepts
  • Course description/syllabus must be submitted with Home Certifying Agent Application
  • Review of course work completed by the applicant is subject to FGBC approval
  • Instructors may receive CE credits once for teaching an approved course

3. Successful Completion of the two-day FGBC Green Home Certification Training and exam.
Note: The exam is a separate fee from the course. Students will need to bring a check payable to FGBC for $100 if they intend to take the exam.


Identify Intended Target Group

Course is designed for residential builders, architects, subcontractors, energy raters, building officials, utility representatives or those in related fields. The general public may also benefit from the course.

Overall Goal

Educate students about green building techniques and the Florida Green Building Coalition Home Standard.

Specific Behavioral Objectives

Students will become sufficiently knowledgeable to understand the various components of the standard and to certify all categories of the standard's checklist.

Method of Presentation

Power point presentation, video, and class participation through instructor questions and discussion along with interactive sample home exercises

Handouts: FGBC Green Home Standard, FGBC green home reference guide, Sample Home Exercises

Method of Evaluation

Class attendance, question and answers

Qualification of Instructors

Eric Martin
Senior Research Engineer
Florida Solar Energy Center
Cocoa, FL 32922

Eric Martin is a Senior Research Engineer in the Buildings Research Division at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), where he has worked since 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, both from the Florida Institute of Technology. He currently is a member of the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership, sponsored by the US Department of Energy, where he conducts research and provides technical assistance to the home building industry to improve the environmental performance of homes.  This work primarily focuses on investigating various cost and performance trade-offs that enable builders to implement a systems approach to construct high-performance housing.  Techniques used to accomplish success include builder/subcontractor training on advanced equipment and construction methods, energy simulation and analysis, collection and analysis of monitored data, and development of consumer oriented publications. Mr. Martin has been active in the state as well as national green building movement through his work at FSEC, and through previous service on the Board of Directors for the Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc., and the LEEDTM Homes Committee of the US Green Building Council. Mr. Martin chaired a committee to develop a statewide green residential building standard, and is active in maintaining the effort through oversight and training.  Mr. Martin has also been involved with development of a green standard for Florida City and County governments, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the Florida Energy Office, and has authored a document containing green guidelines for maintaining existing commercial buildings in Florida, which was funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Martin’s other areas of research have included involvement with building energy simulation software development, through testing and validation. Before joining the FSEC Buildings Research Division, Mr. Martin conducted research at FSEC in the areas of photocatalytic pollutant detoxification.  This work, sponsored by the US Navy, resulted in seven US patents.  Mr. Martin has also been involved with hydrogen energy research, including design, simulation, and optimization of a renewable hydrogen energy system for remote applications.

Date Location Price  

Apr 13, 2016 - Apr 14, 2016 Cocoa, FL $399 Click here to register
Oct 18, 2016 - Oct 19, 2016 Cocoa, FL $399 Click here to register

Register online by clicking the above link or by calling (321) 638-1401 and giving your credit card information.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  All payments are fully refundable if cancellation is received at least 5 business days before the class begins, otherwise the registration is non-refundable.  FSEC reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient pre-registration.  In that event, all payments are fully refundable.  Registrations are NOT transferable to future workshops.  By registering, you accept this cancellation policy.