We’re a little more than midway through hurricane season and it’s proven to be a disastrous one so far. The record-breaking Hurricane Irma left a trail of devastation and destruction in its wake and Florida is continuing to put the pieces back together.
In 2013, Miami-Dade County signed a $1.6 billion Consent Decree and settlement with the U.S. and state of Florida promising to improve wastewater treatment plants and aging infrastructure (after several violations occurred from 2007-2013) and keep Miami waters clean.
Now, almost four years later, the County is in hot water again over a serious sewage leak. Continue reading
There’s a reason why building a green home goes above and beyond the standard building codes. Every detail of the environmentally-friendly construction is analyzed and catered to—from building materials to site location. Continue reading
There are many benefits to building green. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED-certified buildings have 34 percent lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 percent less energy and 11 percent less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.” There’s also the added bonus that most green buildings live in harmony with their surroundings, are close to urban settings and parks, and can save their owners money over time. But what goes into making… Continue reading
The importance of LEED certification and preserving the Grove
Before it was annexed by Miami in 1925, Coconut Grove was its own independent city and a metaphorical oasis for a wave of immigrants who first homesteaded the land. Since then, our beloved Coconut Grove has seen many changes and evolutions as countless people have called this area home. Continue reading
For many people, building a custom home is a major life goal. You work hard, save money, and search for a contractor or builder to help you construct the house of your dreams. Continue reading
By Marcelo Fernandes Grove Properties/Oxford Design Build is now a proud founding sponsor of the Architectural Research Collaborative or ARC+, a non-profit organization that harnesses the creative powers of architecture and the arts to drive innovative solutions in support of sustainable-city initiatives, eco-friendly urban planning solutions, and a greener future. Continue reading