The USGBC recently issued a mid-year review of over 400 state bills that have helped advance green building policies across the country. In the review, Florida legislators were acknowledged for passing two bills that recognize green building practices by affordable housing developers. All across the state, lawmakers, developers and citizens alike are doing their part to make Florida a greener state. Earlier this month, Florida Atlantic University’s new College of Engineering and Computer Science Building achieved platinum LEED certification from the USGBC, the first academic building in southeast Florida to receive the honor.
The newest addition to FAU is a 97,000-square-foot, five-story facility that houses the school’s computer science, electrical and computer engineering programs. The building is equipped with electrical instrumentation labs, computer build/circuitry labs, 5G technologies and specialized research labs. The project implemented several technologies, including chilled beam technology, lighting control systems and other energy management systems, like temperature controls and a solar hot water system. Other sustainable elements include:
- Reducing water consumption by 40% via high-efficiency restroom fixtures & occupant sensors
- Restoring natural plant and animal habitats by utilizing Florida native & adaptive vegetation
- Diverting over 80% of the construction waste from landfills
- Using local materials
“As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science building is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of U.S. Green Building Council, in a press release. The platinum certification of FAU’s building proves that South Florida is a big contributor to the state’s overall efforts to lessen the impact of industry on environment. Building automation, building management systems and other energy solutions not only reduce the negative environmental impacts that building operations incur, they also save companies thousands each year in unnecessary energy consumption costs. If you are considering building automation in South Florida, contact Advanced Control Corporation today.