New Building - Energy Center I Overview
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – LEED
US Green Building Council (USGBC) - Silver Rating/Score
Development and methods that are environmentally and ecologically friendly
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas:
Sustainable site development
Indoor Environmental Quality
Site lighting fixtures with defined cutoff to lessen impact of light on Houston night sky and eliminate glare
Garage parking allows for preferred vehicle parking spots for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
Landscaping and building core water devices chosen to limit consumption.
Native plant species, and weather monitoring device installed to reduce irrigation.
Water saving fixtures chosen to reduce water usage in restrooms.
Energy and Atmosphere:
Building Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems designed to be efficient and set up for lifetime monitoring to maintain efficiency.
Computerized monitoring of HVAC and lighting systems.
Materials and Resources:
During construction a recycling program was implemented to limit the impact on landfills from construction debris.
Materials were chosen that are from rapidly renewable resources and/or partly recycled content.
Use of locally manufactured and fabricated products given preference to lessen impact of necessary travel for delivery of those materials.
Carpeting, paints, adhesives and sealants and other base building products were chosen for minimal contribution of volatile organic compounds which translates to cleaner indoor air quality.