701 Brickell Avenue Re-certified LEED Gold

701 Brickell Avenue, a 33-floor office building in the Brickell Financial District, has earned its Gold level re-certification for “LEED 2009 Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance”. 701 Brickell was originally built in 1986, and is currently owned by TIAA–CREF. It contains 677,677 rentable square feet of Class A office space. The lobby soars 38-feet with

Miami International Airport Receives Environmental Achievement Award

Miami International Airport has received the top “Environmental Achievement Award” in the “Environmental Management” category from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The award was presented for Miami International Airport’s ongoing Sustainability Project – “one of the largest energy-saving programs ever in the eastern U.S.” Launched in August 2015 in partnership with Florida Power & Light Services (FPLS),

Introduction to WELL Building

“We believe that buildings should be developed with people’s health and wellness at the center of design.” WELL building was the topic at last night’s U.S. Green Building Council – Miami Chapter program. Susan MacMurchy from Delos in New York and Jonathan Burgess from The Spinnaker Group led the discussion, which included an overview of the WELL

Miami’s Aventura Optima Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Aventura Optima Plaza,  a Class A office and medical complex completed in 2013, located at 21500 Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura, has received its LEED Platinum certification. In a reception held at the building last month, Sandra Lee, President of the South Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council, presented developers Jose Bromberg and Ariel Bromberg

France Mandates Green Roofs For All New Commercial Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse reports that a new law, passed by the French Parliament last week, requires all new buildings in their commercial zones to have a living roof or solar panels. This is less stringent than the original proposal by French environmental activists, which called for complete roof cover by greenery, but is still a huge

Which 5 Buildings Earned Their LEED Certification in 2014?

LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, which is an international green building certification program designed to “recognize green building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose

Miami in the Top Ten: CBRE’s Green Building Adoption Index

The Executive Summary of CBRE’s 2014 National Green Building Adoption Index begins with: It is now common knowledge that commercial real estate is at the nexus of many environmental and sustainability issues. Specific awareness of the importance of building level energy efficiency programs is widespread and further importance is placed on the fact that the

CBRE: Miami among top cities for green commercial buildings

The South Florida Business Journal reports that “a new study by CBRE Group and Maastrict University ranked Miami ninth in the nation, with 19.4 percent of its commercial real estate certified as green.” Miami currently has 79 buildings totaling 21 million square feet of office space that are LEED certified under one or more of

October 15: FPL to offer $9 million in rebates for solar water heaters & solar photovoltaic systems

If you are planning any home or business renovations for 2014, you will want to read this: Florida Power & Light is opening its application period for the 2014 solar rebate program starting at 8:30 a.m. on October 15th. You can apply at www.FPL.com/solarrebates Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate: $1,000 per installed solar water heater

Advantages of a Solar Heat Exchanger

Guest Post: Advantages of a Solar Heat Exchanger (via Green Building Elements) A solar heat exchanger is a component of a solar water heating system that provides hot water to a residential or commercial environment using solar energy from the sun. Solar energy is absorbed and captured then stored within the heat exchanger. This is