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"GREEN" Movement Gaining Ground
The “green” movement is gaining momentum throughout the nation’s architecture and design communities. Evidence the increasing percentage of projects seeking the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification; a green-rating program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Between 2005 and 2006, project registrations in major LEED categories grew by more than 50 percent, while project certifications were up 67 percent, according to Building Design and Construction.
Locally, C.T. Hsu + Associates is pursuing LEED certification for more than $50 million in planned construction including the new Valencia Community College West Campus Building 11, Orange County Fire Station 84, and a proposed 11-story office building in downtown Orlando.
This fall, the City of Orlando will begin implementing a “sweeping environmental program with targeted initiatives in the areas of: air quality, water, solid waste disposal, parks, community venues and open spaces, as well as the promotion of ‘green thinking’ and regional environmental leadership.” This includes the design, construction and operations of the city’s three community venues, with the events center constructed in conformance with achieving LEED certification as well as similar initiatives for the performing arts center and the renovation of the Citrus Bowl.
Meanwhile, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty will convene Central Florida’s first regional summit on climate change on September 25. He has pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and will use the summit to encourage other politicians, businesses and residents to follow the County’s lead.
At the state level, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed a series of executive orders this summer aimed at reducing the state's overall green house gas (GHG) emissions to 2000 levels by 2017, to 1990 levels by 2025, and to 20 percent of 1990 levels by 2050. The order also charged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection with extending these milestones to the state's electric utilities and directed the Florida Department of Community Affairs to coordinate new standards that increase the energy performance of new buildings by 15 percent by 2009.
Along with its Green Building Rating System, the USGBC also offers LEED Accreditation to building and design professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes. Currently, firm President C.T. Hsu, FAIA, and Associate Principal Nathan Butler, AIA, are LEED accredited professionals, with all of the firm’s design professionals slated to earn their LEED accreditation by the end of the year.
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