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UM Clinical Research Building awarded prestigious LEED Building Certification
Date:12/1/2009

MIAMI, FL (December 1, 2009)The Clinical Research Building (CRB), at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been honored for its sustainability components. The building was awarded the LEED designation, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

"Having a LEED certified building means we're doing our part as a University to be environmentally and socially responsible," says Juan C. Endara, project manager of UM Facilities, Design and Construction. "The LEED certification of the building recognizes those efforts."

The Clinical Research Building on the medical campus achieved LEED certification specifically for its energy use, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

"The building meets a high level of performance standards, provides a healthier work environment for the employees and occupants, and costs less to operate and maintain than a non-certified building," Endara says.

LEED Certification of the UM CRB was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • Use of drought tolerant native shrubs and planting materials resulting in 53 percent reduction of irrigating water consumption.
  • Use of plumbing fixtures that reduce the use of potable water consumption by 30 percent
  • Providing 78 percent of the building's electricity with renewable sources (green power)
  • Use of carpet tiles made with recycled materials and use of adhesives with low emitting gases
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Contact: Marie Guma-Diaz
m.gumadiaz@umiami.edu
305-284-5500
University of Miami
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