Florida House was established in 1992 for the purpose of developing a learning center demonstrating water conservation. Through broad collaboration, Florida House became the first “green building” open to the public in the U.S., educating and creating new markets for energy and water conservation and recycling, and becoming a pioneer in demonstrating the Florida Yard. It was operated with Sarasota County government support as a public-private partnership and attracted more than 10,000 visitors annually. Over the years, Sarasota County provided approximately $150,000 annually in funding for staff and maintenance. In 2008, the entire home was moved to 4454 Beneva Road to make way for the new Sarasota County Technical High School.
What We Do
Twenty years ago, the Florida House was the nation’s first “green” building open to the public and helped catalyze the green building industry. Today, Florida House is poised to be the country’s first high-performance demonstration of improvements and retrofit strategies for existing buildings and communities. Our new business plan will make us self-sustaining.
A remodeled demonstration house and yard, high-tech meeting spaces, great facilitation and access to community expertise are a winning combination for creating, testing and implementing new ideas, business opportunities and policy. Florida House is the place where we can help each other learn, strengthen the local economy and adapt in a changing world.
A renewed demonstration, high-tech meeting spaces, great facilitation and access to community expertise, are a winning combination for creating, testing and implementing new ideas, business opportunities and policy. Florida House is the place where we can help each other learn, strengthen the local economy and to adapt in a changing world.
We help citizens, entrepreneurs and communities:
◾ Facilitate conversations and community processes at different scales: regional, county, local;
◾ Research what works for sustainable development;
◾ Educate about whole systems and sustainability principles and practices;
◾ Demonstrate what works in the unique context of community to build markets for sustainable
◾ Implement business ventures and changes in regulatory, market and financial incentives to
support sustainable behaviors; and
◾ Connect talented organizations and people in our region and beyond.
In conducting our work, Florida House Institute remains neutral and does not take a position on community decisions. Rather, our job is to build community capacity and provide decision support.
John Lambie, Executive Director (left), and John Ramsey have great plans to resurrect Florida House as a demonstration of best building practices, a high-tech meeting site and a think tank.
FLORIDA HOUSE INSTITUTE