A new law in Miami Beach, Fla., requires buildings larger than 7,000 sf to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications or pay a fee that is equal to 5% percent of the construction costs.
New structures larger than 7,000 sf must be LEED Gold certified. LEED Silver certification is required for new buildings larger than 50,000 sf.
LEED Silver is now required on all new Miami-Dade County-owned buildings. The fee was set at 5% based on estimates of how much it typically costs builders to achieve a LEED certification. LEED Gold or Platinum buildings are not required to pay a fee. The fee for LEED Silver structures is about 3%.
The city’s environment and sustainability director told the Miami Herald that the city wants to build a fund for sustainability projects such as building permeable pavements and improving the beach’s tree canopy.