LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. Providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
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The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so though education, publication, and advocacy.
The organization is a valued educational resource for students of art, planning, and architecture, design professionals, and the general public, assisted today by the growing network of regional and local chapters. The ICAA offers a wide array of programs that include continuing education classes; travel programs; lectures; salons; and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called The Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture. The Grand Central Academy of Art flourishes as the Institute’s division of fine arts pedagogy and now offers a summer session called The Hudson River Landscape Painting Fellowships. The Institute also acts as a curriculum partner with accredited schools such as the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech.
The ICAA Florida Chapter was incorporated in 2006 in Tallahassee as a regional nonprofit partner committed to promoting and advancing the classical tradition in contemporary architecture, planning, allied arts, and building crafts throughout the state of Florida . The Chapter is intended to grow with a grassroots foundation, bringing education, advocacy, and public events to each district and thus to the entire state.
The Florida Chapter of the ICAA offers a wide array of programs that include continuing education classes; travel programs; lectures; and conferences. Additionally, the Florida Chapter seeks to benefit its constituents whether professional or personal by promoting like-minded projects and educational initiatives statewide and by directing the talent and resources represented by the dynamic membership roster. The Florida Chapter seeks to offer its educational programs as a partner with accredited schools such as the University of Miami.
The Florida Chapter seeks alliances with many allied professional organizations as well as partnerships with American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Landscape Designers and non-architect home builders and designers such as The American Institute of Building Design. Additionally, the Florida Chapter has played host to events with The American Institute of Architects ’ various regional Florida Chapters. These alliances help support the goal of making a positive impact on the built environment through the principals of the classical tradition in architecture and art.
NEW URBAN GUILD
The New Urban Guild is dedicated to promoting the creation of better places through traditional patterns and languages of architecture and urbanism. We view the pervasiveness of disposable buildings, placeless buildings, forgettable buildings and unlovable buildings as the natural end-product of any theory of architecture that is not based primarily on human beings.
Human-based architecture has always evolved with time. It embraces technological advances not for their own sake, but for what they can do for human beings. Because it engages the public at large, human-based architecture has the power to make technological advances ubiquitous, mass-produced and therefore affordable. Human-based architecture is, therefore, the only sustainably modern architecture.
Human-based architecture has the ability to touch the minds, hearts and possibly even the spirits of those who use it because it is able to communicate with them. It communicates through a language of architectural patterns that tell stories as complex as the heritage of the culture or as simple as how to find the front door. These patterns have power precisely because they are commonly held and widely understood.
Patterns that make up human-based languages occur at the full range of scales. Some are universal, reflecting deep-seated human habitational needs that do not change over time. These patterns are analogous to universal forms of expression such as the smile or the hug. Other patterns are national or cultural in scope, and define a nation just as clearly as does the national language. Yet other patterns are regional or sub-cultural in nature, and are comparable to regional dialects of the national language. Finally, some patterns are local in nature, created by the power of a particularly strong local feature such as a mountainside or seashore.
Living traditions are the only proven delivery vehicles for true sustainability. We believe it is not only possible to revive living traditions, but that it is imperative to revive them now because no other tool can more effectively create sustainable places and buildings. The last generation to reach adulthood in an immersively traditional environment is now dying. The next generation visited immersively traditional places as children, but did not often live there. Each successive generation knows less and less of places created by living traditions. We therefore dedicate ourselves to reclaiming the living traditions before they are lost forever.