It is that time again, time for my weekly LEED roundup.  Green buildings continue to make headlines and this week I’ve already discussed sports complexes and college fitness centers.  Today, I’ve added another big-name sports complex to the list as well as a vacation getaway and Habitat for Humanity houses. 

AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, Florida

Earlier this week, I discussed a few green sports complexes.  After I posted that article, a press release went up on the AmericanAirlines Arena website announcing that the home of the Miami HEAT received LEED Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M)

The building was originally built in 1999 and some of the features used during the green renovation include water efficient landscaping, underground parking to reduce the heat island effect, and reflective roofing material.

Tamarack Lodge Cabin – Mammoth Lakes, California

If you want to “rough it” in a LEED Platinum certified cabin, the Tamarack Lodge Cabins in Mammoth Lakes, California is your place.  "Constructing the Tamarack cabin to LEED Platinum standards is one of many important steps that Mammoth Mountain is taking to fulfill our commitment to the environment," said Mammoth Mountain chief executive Rusty Gregory.  Source: Real Estate Channel

The LEED certified cabin is a 1,336 square foot, three bedroom, and two-bath cabin.  The resources used to build the cabin were manufactured within a 500-mile radius and include recycled carpeting, local masonry rock, recycled & local drywall, and recycled insulation.

Habitat for Humanity Homes – Oakland, California

Okay so these are residential, not commercial, buildings but the news is exciting so I’m including it in my weekly LEED roundup.  Three Habitat for Humanity homes at the Edes Avenue development in Oakland, CA have earned LEED Gold certification.  The houses are a project of the East Bay affiliate of the organization and are the first Habitat homes in California to reach LEED Gold certification.

If you have a favorite newly certified LEED project that you’d like to see include in next week’s LEED roundup, leave me a comment.

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