Green building Certification
LMC and the Florida Green Building Coalition announced that the LMC's 12,000 square foot campus is a FLORIDA GREEN COMMERCIAL BUILDING. LMC is the first non-profit facility and the second commercial building in the state of Florida to achieve this certification.
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), who developed the state’s standard of measurement for a "green" building and is recognized as the state’s leading accrediting body for the industry, certified the new Center. According to FGBC achieving this standard is more valuable than other certification standards as it lends a greater benefit to regional climate specific issues such as moisture, termites and natural disasters such as hurricanes.
LMC is being recognized for its pioneering approach to providing its visitors, sea turtle patients and employees with a cleaner, healthier environment, while acting as a conscientious environmental organization in its conservation of energy and other natural resources.
Costs to go "green" added about $92,000 to the cost of the building; however, the energy savings will equate to about $10,000 per year. Therefore, the added cost to go "green" will be recovered in less than ten years.
Numerous innovative green standards were put into place including energy efficient insulation, high efficiency air handlers, laminated impact glass windows, Bahama Shutters, and covered walkways for added shading. The Center also purchased renewable energy from GT Environmental Finance which offsets over 300,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, which compares to not driving 275,000 miles in an average passenger car.
In addition, the Center is using high efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment that will utilize outside air for cooling and ventilation, and has a permanent CO2 monitoring system in place. These and other energy-saving features are expected to increase energy efficiency by 26 percent as compared to a similar building of its size.
The Center is also employing pioneering technologies in order to conserve and more efficiently use water. For example, no permanent sprinklers or other potable water is used for landscape irrigation, only drought tolerant trees were planted; The 77,000 gallons per year is what we save for having one waterless urinal, one sensor faucet, and one low volume toilet. LMC has 2 waterless urinals, 7 low volume toilets, and 8 sensor faucets for a total water savings of 344,000 gallons of water per year.
The organization’s environmental focus did not stop after construction and installation of building systems. While the campus was designed to include as few internal walls as possible in order to maximize natural light, the walls that do exist are coated with low-vapor paints. Use of aluminum and fiberglass doors were installed instead of metal or wood; wall and floor finishes were manufactured with recycled content and can be cleaned with soap and water – less than 30% of the total floor area in the building is carpeted (discarded floor coverings constitute the largest volume of landfill materials.)
Visitors to the LMC can see the green practices in place. Plaques are located throughout the facility pointing out the various energy efficient features. Additionally, alternative uses of transportation are encouraged to reduce pollution, including a secure bicycle storage area, designated parking for hybrid vehicles and car pooling.
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is "to provide a statewide green building program with environmental and economic benefits." FGBC was conceived and founded in the belief that green building programs will be most successful if there are clear and meaningful principles on which "green" qualification and marketing are based. The FGBC is constantly finding new and innovative ways to educate builders, developers, local governments, and consumers about how to achieve a healthier, more environmentally sustainable future. For more information visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org or call (850) 894-3422.