Boynton Beach encourages all development and redevelopment projects in the City to reduce their environmental impact through green building practices. The City’s voluntary Green Building Program offers expedited permitting, tax and fee incentives, and marketing incentives to participating developers. The project must be registered with a nationally recognized green certification agency to qualify. The Green Building Program applies to new City buildings as well as private developments.
Seabourn Cove was the first Gold-Certified National Green Building Standard (NGBS) residential development in the country and recipient of the 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award. Seabourn Cove’s apartments and town homes have ENERGY STAR appliances and fixtures, recycled building materials, smart technologies to promote energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging stations, the onsite Old Dixie Eco Walk, and the 54-acre Seacrest Scrub Nature Preserve behind the property.
Celebrating its grand opening in February 2018, 500 Ocean was designed to meet the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Silver Certification. The Boynton Beach CRA entered into a public/private partnership with the developer to create the office space and construct the building to energy efficient standards. This project advances the City’s and CRA’s goal of encouraging green development, and the addition of approximately 600 new residents will stimulate downtown economic development.
The City received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to retrofit the Ezell Hester Community Center for improved energy efficiency. The project included replacing ball field lighting with “Green Generation Fixtures,” installing Energy Star appliances, changing T-12 fluorescent fixtures to more efficient T-8s, installing motion sensor switches to power off lights, applying window tinting, and adding reflective coating to roof.
Fire Station #5
The City installed a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Fire Station #5, and Florida Power and Light installed solar canopies and solar “trees” at two city parks. Read more.
The Links at Boynton Beach was retrofitted with automatic shut-off switches for golf cart chargers, and an energy management system for the cart barn and irrigation pump. The course also upgraded its irrigation and stormwater management systems, and maintains high-quality bird habitat for its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Numerous City facilities have been updated with motion sensor light switches and efficient T-8 and LED lighting.