Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena earns LEED Gold recertification

Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena earns LEED Gold recertification

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Recertification News: Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena has earned an LEED Gold recertification, which is issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); is reporting.

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LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

According to VenuesToday, AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami Florida was recently awarded LEED Gold recertification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Over the past five years, the facility has added to the USGBC’s required sustainable principles and practices for its initial LEED Silver designation to become the first arena in the world to achieve LEED Gold recertification.

At press time, the USGBC had recertified four other public assembly venues, including the Colorado Convention Center, Denver; Oregon Convention Center, Portland, and Los Angeles Convention Center.

The home of the NBA’s Miami Heat secured its first LEED for Existing Buildings certification in 2009, 10 years after it was built.

“The recertification process isn’t demanding, since we didn’t have to do any major retrofits or renovations, just provide paperwork stating that we are continuing to meet the LEED certification standards,” said Jackie Ventura, operations and sustainability coordinator, Facilities & Operations, for the arena.


The facility undertook a few minor projects prior to becoming recertified, including installing LED lights and replacing parking lights with induction lighting, which utilize 55 percent less energy.


“The cost for recertification was mainly the amount of time put in by myself, the director of operations and operations manager, including minimal registration and review fees required by the USGBC,” Ventura said. “If we weren’t LEED certified, we’d be spending a lot more money on utilities than we are now.”

It was reported that the facility spent $15,000 on the certification and another $1,000 on the appeal.

LEED’s existing building tool is broken down into two types of credits, including one based on real performance tracking and another based on implementation of USGBC’s policies.

“For the initial certification, we track energy, water and waste, but also put green policies in place to make sure what’s being tracked is accomplished according to certification rules,” said Brendan Owens, vice president, LEED Technical Development, for USGBC. “LEED recertification tracks and documents the outcome of sustainable features and documents that waste management strategies are successful. What we’re doing here is verifying that the building is continuing to perform as it did during the initial certification.”

LEED recertification is said to be required every five years at a minimum, although some facilities recertify on an annual basis.

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