Broward County's Port Everglades received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Cruise Terminal 4, which underwent many energy-efficient improvements when it was expanded and completely renovated over the past year.

LEED, a U.S. Green Building Council program, is a certification that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve certification.

Construction features that made the terminal eligible for LEED certification include:
•    Recycled concrete and asphalt used in the building's construction
•    Low-water usage toilets/urinals and fixtures
•    Energy-efficient lighting inside and outside as well as the use of natural lighting within the terminal
•    Energy-efficient air conditioning and windows
•    Remote control of the lighting and air conditioning systems, which is part of the Port's overall energy management program
•    Use of Regional materials manufactured within 500 miles of the Port
•    Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) products used for paints, coating, flooring and adhesives

"We decided to renovate Cruise Terminal 4 specifically to comply with LEED guidelines because the certification is widely recognized and it supports Broward County's sustainability efforts to make buildings more energy efficient and invest in renewable and alternative energy technologies," said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director.