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When former President Modest Maidique signed the ACUPCC in 2007 he committed FIU to “establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or equivalent.”

What is U.S. Green Building Council's LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is an internationally recognized green building certification system. It provides third-party verification that a building was built using green strategies and aimed to have less impact on the environment. Some of the areas that LEED measures are energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, and improved indoor environmental quality.

LEED Buildings @ FIU

FIU’s LEED Buildings

Student Academic Support Center - certification in progress

Ambulatory Care Center - certification in progress

MANGO - Silver

Academic Health Center 5 - certification in progress

Stocker Astroscience Center - Silver

Opened in 2014 the Stocker Astroscience Center serves as a research and educational center. Some sustainability features include: highly reflective roof coatings and hardscapes that reduce the impact of heat island effect, CO2 sensors in high occupancy rooms, and individual thermostats, task lights, and occupancy sensors for each workspace.

Parkview Residence Hall - Silver

Science Classroom Complex/AHC4 - Silver

School of International and Public Affairs - Gold

FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs building opened in January 2011. This will be FIU’s second LEED certified building and the first building to receive a Gold certification at FIU. The building features South Florida’s largest green roof planted with native plants and photovoltaic solar panels on the highest roof.

Academic Health Center 3 - Silver

The Academic Health Center 3 or College of Nursing and Health Sciences building is FIU’s first LEED Building. It opened in January 2010 and received a Silver certification one year after opening. Educational signage is featured throughout AHC3 that showcases the different environmental initiatives in the building. There is a partial green roof on the third floor and a reflective roof that helps reduce the heat island effect and keep the building cooler.

Green Globes Certification

Green Globes® is a science-based building rating system that supports a wide range of new construction and existing building project types. Designed to allow building owners and managers to select which sustainability features best fit their building and occupants, Green Globes recognizes projects that meet at least 35% of the 1,000 available points. Green Globes offers provides in-depth support for improvements ideally suited to each project. For more information about Green Globes® and their certification process visit The Green Building Initiative website.

BBC's Bayview Housing is in the process of becoming Green Globes Certified. Key features of the building include:

  • Exterior LED lighting
  • High efficiency drip irrigation in the planting areas
  • High efficiency toilets and showers
  • Interior paint is zero VOC
  • Energy efficient heat reflective glazing on exterior walls
  • The mechanical system uses a central chilled water system for energy efficiency.
  • Drywall framing and ceiling systems materials contained low VOC’s and recycled content.
  • High efficiency gas boilers for the building hot water system
  • Segregated trash and recycling chutes