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Port Everglades receives its first LEED certification

In addition to the LEED certification improvements, the port installed eco-friendly solar/wind-powered lighting in the Cruise Terminal 4 parking lot
It's official: Port Everglades has received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. This is for Cruise Terminal 4, which underwent many energy-efficient improvements when it was expanded and completely renovated over the past year.

LEED, a US Green Building Council program, is a certification that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

The port decided to renovate Cruise Terminal 4 specifically to comply with LEED guidelines because the certification is widely recognized. Also, it supports Broward County's sustainability efforts to make buildings more energy efficient and invest in renewable and alternative energy technologies, according to port director and ceo Steven Cernak.

Construction features that made the terminal eligible for LEED certification include the use of recycled concrete and asphalt in the building's construction, low-water usage toilets/urinals and fixtures, and energy-efficient lighting inside and outside as well as the use of natural lighting within the terminal.

Other features include energy-efficient air conditioning and windows and remote control of the lighting and air conditioning systems, part of the port's overall energy management program.

Further qualifiers were regional materials manufactured within 500 miles of the port and low volatile organic compounds products used for paints, coating, flooring and adhesives.

Bermello Ajamil & Partners served as the architect and team leader for the project. It is their fourth terminal in the US with a LEED certification, along with ones at San Diego, San Francisco and Miami.

The Cruise Terminal 4 contractor was Moss & Associates.