The recently completed FIU School of International and Public Affairs building has been officially certified LEED-Gold earning 44 points under LEED-NC v2.2! Designed by Arquitectonica and built by Suffolk Construction the FIU SIPA building incorporated a variety of sustainable elements making this truly a showcase building of the FIU campus.
Over 20% of the site has been planted with native and or adapted landscaping to increase restoration of the natural habitat of South Florida. Part of the native planting occurs on the 9,168 SF green roof encompassing the entire auditorium roof. The green roof has various benefits including:
– Reducing urban heat island effect
– Improving stormwater management by retaining rainwater for use by plants and filtering excess water before it enters stormwater system
– Processing airborne toxins and re-oxygenates the air
– Improving building energy efficiency by insulating roof and protecting roofing membrane from UV radiation
– Providing additional sound insulation for the auditorium
Water efficiency was also a key with a 100% reduction in potable water use for landscape irrigation through the use of rainwater harvesting. Indoor potable water consumption will be reduced 48.1% through the use of low-flow fixtures.
Last but not least the FIU SIPA building is 33.1% more energy efficient than the baseline building through the use of increased insulation levels, highly efficient glass, a lighting design which is over 50% more efficient, occupancy sensors and an efficient HVAC system. This also includes a Photovoltaic array composed of UniSolarFlexlight panels which utilize amorphous silicon technology (thin film) to produce 38,700 KWH/year or 4% of the building’s annual energy load.
Additional photos can also be found here!
– Mark Schrieber, LEED AP BD+C & Homes