High-Rise Residential

High-Rise Residential Building Standard

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Important Requirements for  FGBC Green High-Rise Residential Building Standard

As stated in the Standards & Policies of the FGBC Green High-Rise Residential Building Standard, only those persons accredited by the Florida Green Building Coalition as High-Rise Designated Professionals may submit green high-rise residential building certification applications for review.

In order to improve overall quality of High-Rise Designated Professionals and to ensure their understanding of the FGBC Green High-Rise Residential Building Standard requirements, applicants must pass an exam administered by the Florida Green Building Coalition and receive a grade of 80 or above to earn accreditation prior to submitting a project initial registration.

The open book exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions, all relating to information contained in the Standard documents. The questions must be answered during initial sign-in. In other words, you cannot logout and log back in to complete. There is a $50 exam fee. Register and Pay online.

Scope & Intent

The intent of the FGBC Florida Green High-Rise Residential Building Standard is to encourage owners of high-rise residential projects to adopt green and sustainable strategies during the design and construction of their projects and to receive recognition for their efforts. The FGBC Florida Green High-Rise Residential Building Standard covers all residential occupancies above three stories as defined by the Florida Building Code.

The Process

To use this Standard, the project design team reviews the Checklist (Schedule A) along with the Reference Guide. The team determines which credit points will be pursued (or targeted). The Owner authorizes one of the design team members to be the Designated Professional. The Designated Professional compiles the appropriate documentation for each achieved credit point as the design process evolves. Once all documentation has been collected, organized, and reviewed, the Designated Professional completes the Application Form and the remainder of the Checklist (Schedule A), attaches all supporting letters and documentation, and submits it (with a check for the appropriate fee) to FGBC for processing.

The FGBC appoints a Project Evaluator who reviews the submittal and determines its compliance with the Standard and issues the Certification. A Certificate is delivered to the Designated Professional for use by the Owner. The project is listed on the FGBC website as a certified Florida Green High-Rise Residential Building. In the event that the Project Evaluator finds the submittal not in compliance with the Standard, the Designated Professional will be notified and informed of the specific deficiencies in the submittal. The Designated Professional will consult with the project team and then correct the deficiencies and resubmit the required revisions to the FGBC. If the re-submittal fails to comply with the Standard, then the process for each subsequent re-submittal is repeated with the additional requirement of payment of a re-submittal fee equal to 20% of the original fee (this fee is paid for each subsequent re-submittal).


  • Suggested revisions shall be submitted to the Florida Green Building Coalition using a modification request form available in the download section on this page.

  • Applications shall be compiled and circulated to the Florida Green Building Coalition Green High-Rise Residential Committee, past applicants, and project evaluators for comments. The comment period shall be at least thirty days.

  • Following the public comment period, each application and its public comments shall be reviewed by the Florida Green Building Coalition Green High-Rise Committee, which will make written consensus recommendations to the Board of Directors for suggested revisions to the standard along with the original applications.

  • The Board of Directors of the Florida Green Building Coalition shall adopt, adopt with modification, or reject each application for change.