As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.
Green buildings use environmentally-superior building materials, employ mechanical systems and technology that are energy-efficient and conserve water, are designed to reuse stormwater on site, and avoid impacts on local natural habitat.
Building Efficiency 305
Buildings play an important role in Miami-Dade County’s resilience efforts. For this reason, the County is embarking on a new initiative, Building Efficiency 305 (BE305), to increase energy and water efficiency in large public and private buildings countywide. The goals of the program are to:
- Increase profit margins for property owners through better energy and water management
- Expand access to financing tools to encourage energy efficiency improvements
- Empower consumers to make more informed decisions
- Assist our most vulnerable neighborhoods by reducing utility cost burdens
- Gather information about building energy and water use to increase awareness and data-driven decision making
- Reduce water supply constraints and preserve a critical natural resource
- Improve energy and water efficiency by supporting building code training and education
Once fully implemented, BE305 is projected to have the following annual countywide outcomes:
- $200 million in energy and water bill savings
- 1.2 million metric ton reduction in climate pollution emissions
- 38 million gallon reduction in water usage
We’ve held three community conversations to get public input on the policies and programs to be included in BE305. While we’ll offer additional opportunities for public input in the future, we welcome your comments at any time at [email protected] or 305-375-5593.
Next steps include:
- Engaging with our municipalities
- Working with FPL to create a Pilot Study to provide whole building electricity consumption data
- Developing training opportunities to offer to the community
- Forming a BE305 Working Group to determine how to best implement BE305 in our community
County Buildings Go Green
On October 18, 2005, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution #R-1200-05, which established the incorporation of sustainable development building measures into the design, construction, renovation and maintenance of County-owned, County-financed and County-operated buildings.
Ordinance 07-65, which was approved by the Board on May 8, 2007, amended the Code of Miami-Dade County to establish a Sustainable Buildings Program for Miami-Dade County facilities. In this legislation, the County established a program to promote the green design, construction and operation of buildings that are developed, constructed and managed by the County.
The primary mechanism for determining compliance with the program is the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The Sustainable Buildings Program requires new construction projects to obtain LEED silver certification and remodeling/renovation projects to obtain basic LEED certification.
Currently, Miami-Dade County has 30 green building projects in planning, design or under construction, including the Children’s Courthouse. The Internal Services Department's Trade Shop became the first silver LEED-certified County facility.
Green Permits & Product Approvals
On a community-wide level, the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources includes an expedited review process for commercial, industrial and residential "green" building-certified projects. In addition, RER offers the Green Sustainable Attributes program designed to provide a vehicle to verify and confirm the Green Attributes for products and or systems which have a Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance (NOA).
Through the EECBG program, Miami-Dade County evaluated existing county/state zoning and building codes, as well as the permitting processes, and offered suggested changes to remove energy-efficient and climate change obstacles to land use and development in the Code Diagnosis Report and Priority Recommendations.
To encourage energy-efficient and environmentally friendly construction, Miami-Dade County is offering a Green Building Expedited Plan Review program.
Miami-Dade County Development Plans
The County's Sustainability Plan, GreenPrint, has been developed to integrate with existing County Plans, such as the Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) and the Parks and Open Space Master Plan. These plans play a large part in protecting the County's resources.
The CDMP expresses the County’s general objectives and policies addressing where and how it intends development or conservation of land and natural resources will occur during the next 10 to 20 years, and the delivery of County services to accomplish the Plan’s objectives. It provides for "sustainable development" - allowing for land capacity to meet projected needs, preservation of wetlands and agricultural areas and protection of (drinkable) water well fields.
The vision of the Park, Recreation and Open Space Department's Master Plan is to be able to travel on foot, skates or bike through a safe pathway of connecting parks and green spaces from northern Miami-Dade County to its southernmost tip. The plan does more than connect parks to form a greenway. It connects neighborhoods to libraries and schools to provide safer, more peaceful travel paths as alternatives to our congested roadways. Waterways or “blueways” allow residents to travel the County by boat or canoe.
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