Green Buildings

One Person, Ten Steps


Green Buildings in Miami

Buildings in the City of Miami total over 280 million square feet, have an estimated value greater than $53 billion, and consume over 5 million MWH of electricity per year. The building sector represents over 50% of Miami’s greenhouse gas emissions and almost all building energy comes from electricity, which is fairly unique in the US. Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will need to address energy efficiency in new and existing buildings.


Miami is promoting the US Green Building Council's LEED standards as the benchmark for green buildings in the City. Miami's first efficiently designed building was the University of Miami Clinical Research Center, which opened in July 2006. In 2008, Staples opened the first LEED rated
retail store in the City.

Green Building Working Group

The Green Building Working Group of the Miami Green Commission partner with the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to promote green buildings within the local development community.

Miami Green Lab

Miami Green Lab is a demonstration site and resource center for the region to learn about green buildings, LEED certification and how to build, renovate and operate buildings to be resource, energy, and water efficient. In 2008, the Home Depot Foundation donated $750,000 for the renovation of Green Lab.