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Local Press Touts LEED Gold Certification for City of Houston Traffic Operations Building

City Of Houston Building Receives Special Designation For ‘Going Green'

Author: Gail Delaughter, houstonpublicmedia.org

Houston’s Traffic Operations Center near Shepherd and Interstate-10 is where the city monitors problems on the streets, things like broken traffic lights.

It opened a little over a year ago, and it now has a major designation. It’s the latest Houston building to be awarded gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

To get that certification, the building was scored on energy efficiency. It features LED lights, along with skylights. Builders also used environmentally-friendly paints and finishes. Continue Reading...

City of Houston Unveils A New Environmentally-Friendly Building

Author: Gail Delaughter, houstonpublicmedia.org

The City of Houston is celebrating the LEED Gold certification for its new Traffic Operations building. According to figures released by the city, the facility is 23% more energy-efficient than the usual code-compliant building.

The building features all-LED lighting and about 20% of the building materials were locally-sourced. Environmentally-friendly paints and flooring were used in the building’s construction. There’s also a stormwater treatment system. Continue Reading...

Mayor Turner and Kirksey Showcase New LEED Gold City Building 

Author:  Kyle Hagerty, Bisnow Houston

On Monday, Mayor Turner and city officials joined Kirksey Architecture for the unveiling of the new City of Houston Traffic Operations LEED Gold building. The facility, designed by Kirksey, is 23% more efficient than a typical code-compliant building. The goal of the new operations facility was to reflect the energy and movement of the traffic it orchestrates, while staying true to the city’s mission of energy-efficient green building. More than 88% of construction waste was diverted from landfills due to smart reuse and recycling of materials by the contractor, Pepper-Lawson Construction. Continue Reading...

Houston 2016 Bike Challenge Results

The results are in for the 2016 Houston Bike Challenge. Visit their website to view the top five results based on organization size, industry, and location.

 

How Etsy crafted its biophilic headquarters

Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, is known as an antidote to mass-made home furnishings, clothing and gifts. The quirky company experienced major-league growth after it went public in 2016, posting nearly $82 million in revenue in its first quarter with a 19 percent jump in stock price.

Author: Anya Khalamayzer, GreenBiz.com

The company is determined to help itself, its community and the people affected by its supply chain flower to the fullest potential. So when the time came to move some 800 employees to a new location, Etsy undertook one of its biggest creative challenges yet: working with the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) to earn the sought-after "petal" certification.

The Challenge comprises seven performance categories, or petals: place; water; energy; health and happiness; materials; equity; and beauty. Each category is rigorously designed to satisfy the requirements of a "living" building that has a regenerative impact on its natural and social environment. That includes eschewing toxic materials and leaving net-zero impact on energy use and water. Regenerative buildings must look beautiful and make their workers happy, too.

On a recent tour through Etsy’s new 200,000 square-foot headquarters in Brooklyn’s cobblestoned Dumbo neighborhood, a guide said the living building philosophy has a positive impact on employees, who strive for creativity. She said the artisanship that went into building the space makes employees feel more capable. And by keeping people healthy, happy and engaged in their work, they tend to stay longer at the company and be more productive.

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What Sustainability Executives Need to Know About Microgrids

The influence of sustainability executives on corporate energy policy and procurement has grown significantly in recent years. Many sustainability professionals have successfully led initiatives to set ambitious renewable energy targets.But what is the best path to achieving those targets? Advances in energy generation, storage and control technologies are giving large energy users a myriad of options for reducing energy costs, reducing GHG emissions, participating in energy markets, and ensuring continuous energy supply in the face of grid outages.

Where do Microgrids fit in? This one-hour webcast provides a primer on microgrids for sustainability executives — from companies, universities and municipalities — to give you the tools and knowledge to assess when a microgrid is the right solution for your organization.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  1. What is a microgrid? How is it different from: a solar PV or wind project, a solar and energy storage project, back-up generation?
  2. How can a microgrid can help your organization meet its sustainability goals?
  3. How do microgrids support your organization’s risk and resilience strategy?
  4. Common ownership and financing paths for microgrids.

Speakers:

Michael Burr, Director, Microgrid Institute
Erica Hauver, Senior Vice President, Hitachi Energy Solutions
Steve Pullins, Vice President, Hitachi Energy Solutions

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