LEED for ALL – Workshop October 1 & 2 in Brickell

Greg Hamra is one of the most dynamic speakers I know, and one of the most passionate about green living. This Thursday and Friday, October 1st and 2nd, Greg is again teaching his “LEED for ALL” class in Brickell at the LEED Platinum Brickell World Plaza, 600 Brickell Avenue. If you are in the Miami

5 Simple Ways to Green Your Apartment

If you are a renter in one of the condominium towers built in the City of Miami after 2010, chances are good that you are already living in a “green” building. According to Miami 21, the City of Miami planning code, “All new Buildings of more than 50,000 square feet of Habitable Rooms and Habitable Space

Google’s Project Sunroof

Last week Google’s Green Blog announced “Project Sunroof: mapping the planet’s solar energy potential, one rooftop at a time.” Project Sunroof is a new online tool we’re testing to help homeowners explore whether they should go solar. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno (in central California), and the Boston area for now, the

Green Key Village: Net Zero Energy Homes

“Imagine receiving your energy bill in the mail and seeing “$0” in the balance owed” This is what Greg Thomas, developer/builder at Green Key Village, is offering with his “net-zero energy” homes in in Central Florida. At Green Key Village our net zero energy homes are designed to produce as much energy as the average

Miami’s Aventura Optima Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Aventura Optima Plaza,  a Class A office and medical complex completed in 2013, located at 21500 Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura, has received its LEED Platinum certification. In a reception held at the building last month, Sandra Lee, President of the South Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council, presented developers Jose Bromberg and Ariel Bromberg

10 Best Cities for Green Homes – Two Florida Cities Make the List

In honor of Earth Day, Redfin analyzed residential real estate listings in each of their service areas from March 2014 to March 2015, looking for those mentioning “green” features. No, Miami did not make the list (this year) but two other Florida cities did! Congratulations Tampa and Orlando. What exactly counts as a green feature in a home? Green

How to Borrow Light

Eric Reinholdt, a Houzz Contributor and Residential Architect, writes: In 1915 the 38-story Equitable Building in New York City was the largest office building in the world. Containing 1.2 million square feet of office space, it consumed nearly every available square foot of its diminutive lot and cast an equally large shadow on its neighborhood

France Mandates Green Roofs For All New Commercial Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse reports that a new law, passed by the French Parliament last week, requires all new buildings in their commercial zones to have a living roof or solar panels. This is less stringent than the original proposal by French environmental activists, which called for complete roof cover by greenery, but is still a huge

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

or… “green building isn’t as difficult as you might think.” So wrote Lance Hosey, Chief Sustainability Officer at RTKL, on Huffington Post last week. His article outlines the six most common misconceptions he uncovered during a survey of “hundreds of architects and designers to understand the obstacles to going green.” Sustainability Equals Environmentalism: Actually, Lance writes, “sustainability”