Miami tower earns Florida green building certification

Dec. 5, 2016

After meeting the sustainable standards established in the Florida Green High-Rise Residential Building certification program, Melody Tower in Miami has been certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

The certification represents achievements in categories such as water conservation, indoor air quality, durability, energy efficiency, site preservation, materials and disaster mitigation, according to Multi-Housing News.

“Green building certification requires that all phases of the construction process comply with the criteria associated with that process, from design phase through construction phase,” said Suzanne Cook, executive director for the Florida Green Building Coalition.

The 497-unit high-rise residential and retail mixed-use project, completed this year, is located in the Edgewater arts and entertainment district of downtown Miami. Conservation methods taken in the building included the installation of Energy Star appliances, automatic timers or motion sensors on lighting controls, the use of low-flow kitchen and bathroom faucets, shower heads and dual-flush toilets to minimize water usage, the installation of drought tolerant plants for 80 percent of the landscaping, an irrigation system that incorporated separate zones for turf and landscape beds and the use of light-colored finishes on interior walls to reflect natural lighting.

FGBC-certified projects complete a building assessment and construction process to promote design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of the building, improve occupant health and well-being and reduce operating costs for the owner. The project conducted equipment testing and balancing to verify field installed equipment such as the HVAC, renewable energy, lighting and hot water systems.

Low impact development strategies were used to collect and treat storm water entirely on the site. Indoor air quality was enhanced through the use of highly-efficient MERV filters, low VOC paints, stains and adhesives, certified green label carpet, green cleaning products and maintenance practices. The heat island effect of the building was reduced by using highly reflective exterior with materials and locating the parking under the building. Electric vehicle charging stations were provided in the parking area.

“As an FGBC-certified building, Melody Tower serves as a model of sustainability for Miami-Dade County businesses and residents,” Cook said.

Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, ENERGY STAR, Engineering Firms, Great Commercial Buildings, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, Highrise Residential, HVAC - Heating & Cooling & Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Interiors, Lighting - Energy Efficient Lighting, Mixed Use Communities/Developments & Buildings, Multifamily / Multiunit Residential, Office Buildings, Paint - Low & No VOC, Plumbing, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, Ventilation, Wastewater Management / Wastewater Treatment, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

Sponsored Links:

Related Content

Latest Content

Get the latest news & insights






Agricultural and Farm Buildings
Architectural Firms
Automation and Controls
Building Owners and Managers
Construction Firms
Data Centers - Mission Critical Information Centers
Daylighting / Skylights / Natural Lighting
DC Power & DC Applications
Educational Buildings - Colleges and Universities
Educational Buildings - K through 12
Electricity - Electrical and Energy Solutions
Energy Audit / Energy Management
Energy Recovery & Heat Recovery Ventilation
Energy Saving Products
Engineering Firms
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Government Buildings - Federal / State / Local
Great Commercial Buildings
Green Roofs / Garden Roofs
Healthcare - Hospitals & Medical Facilities
Healthy & Comfortable Buildings
Highrise Residential
HVAC - Heating & Cooling & Ventilation
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Industrial and Manufacturing Buildings
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
Interior Design
Internet of Things
Landscaping Architecture - Design & Maintenance
Lighting - Energy Efficient Lighting
Metal Roofs and Walls
Military Buildings
Mixed Use Communities/Developments & Buildings
Moisture and Vapor Management
Multifamily / Multiunit Residential
Office Buildings
Paint - Low & No VOC
Passive House / Passivhaus
Radiant Heat - Electrical & Hydronic
Renovation / Restoration / Remodeling
Senior Living
Solar Energy & Solar Power
Structured Insulated Panels (SIPS)
Student Housing
Sustainable Trends and Statistics
Tankless Water Heaters
Thermal Envelope - Building Envelope
Wall Systems / Curtain Walls
Wastewater Management / Wastewater Treatment
Water and Moisture Management - Waterproofing
Water Heating Strategies - Energy Efficient Water Heating / Heaters and Boilers
Water Quality / Fresh & Clean & Healthy Water / Water Filtration
Water Saving Strategies and Devices
Windows - Glass and Glazing Strategies and Systems
Wind Power