|LEED - What Does it Mean?|
|Published Fall 2008|
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a universally understood set of performance criteria.
Buildings are rated as Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum by the extent to which they utilize environmentally sustainable construction.
Certified is the lowest level of certification ascending in order to the highest level, which is Platinum. Currently, and thankfully the LEED movement is sweeping the Country by storm.
Socially, morally and ethically conscious individuals and
corporations are voluntarily investing in buildings which
reduce their carbon foot print, thus saving precious natural
resource and assuring a healthy prosperous future for us and
generations to come.
On a macro level, by joining the United States Green Building Council (as a corporate member); Florida Atlantic University is supporting the movement. The USGBC is the agency which evaluates rates and awards the Green Building Designation.
On a micro level the Florida Atlantic University has mandated that all new building construction set a target of a Silver Certification.
On the Davie Campus in Broward a building project targeted for a Silver Certification is currently under design.
Located on the newly acquired West Campus; the project is approximately 77,000 square feet and four stories tall; with a total project cost of $39,270,000. A portion of this building will be shared with the University of Florida.
The building will contain laboratory space, classrooms, faculty offices and related support spaces. As individuals associated with the University, we can all be proud of the part we are playing to improve the quality of life on this planet.
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