Miami could soon become a national leader in green building. Mayor Diaz is pushing an initiative that would require all new buildings of 50,000 sq ft or more to be LEED certified. According to the US Green Building Council,
“LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:
  1. Sustainable site development
  2. Water savings
  3. Energy efficiency
  4. Materials selection
  5. Indoor environmental quality”

If approved by the city commission in May, it would be a progressive policy move that would serve as big step forward in sustainable growth in Miami. The new “green building” requirements would include some of the strictest policies of the sort to be implemented in any major American city thus far.

Now if only the city and county would overhaul its ridiculous, suburban-oriented parking codes, our new green buildings such as “Green Miami” (under construction adjacent to Douglas Metrorail Station) would truly be sustainable, pedestrian-oriented, and transit oriented, thereby not inducing travel demand by cars and exacerbating the main contributor to global warming.

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4 Responses to A New Era for Miami’s Urban Development?

  1. Biby Cletus says:

    interesting stuff you have got here keep up the good work.kewl blog be in touch


    Biby Cletus


  2. Michael Emilio + Miami Real Estate says:

    I made a post on how to get tax breaks from green improvements here:

    How to Get Tax Breaks on Your Home With Green Improvements

    “Exterior windows and doors, including skylights, that meet Energy Star requirements have a 10% tax credit up to $200. This also goes for storm windows and doors. Roofing and insulation or sealing that meets efficiency requirements earns a 10% credit up to $500.”


  3. Ryan says:

    Thanks for the input, Michael.


  4. Sam Haley says:

    It is pleasure to see that A New Era for Miami’s Urban Development has begun.


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