“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building program. It provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.”
The building that houses FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) has been approved by LEED and awarded gold certification. FIU students from the interior architecture sustainability course visited the site recently to explore and assess the long term sustainability of the construction. Special attention was given to the green roof which is one of the greatest features of the building, and happens to be the largest of its kind in south Florida.
What makes FIU’s SIPA LEED certified?
1. green roof
2. waterless urinals (a unique feature eliminating odor)
3. solar panels on the roof
4. low VOC paint
5. inviting stair design (encouraging this healthier alternative)
6. water installation
7. light and a/c control sensors
8. installation at door entrance ( prevent people carrying dust on their shoes into the environment)
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
1. Lower operating costs and increase asset value
2. Reduce waste sent to landfills
3. Conserve energy and water
4. Be healthier and safer for occupants
5. Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
6. Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities
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