Green Building Resource Center

Green Building Resource Center:  In 2007 the City officials, under the leadership of Andy lcken, Director of Planning and Development, and Sheela Blake, Director of Code Enforcement, began working with AIA

Houston and others to create a Green Building Resource Center for public education and

professional guidance concerning green building strategies. The Center will not only help

architects and builders with project reviews of green buildings but also display green

building materials and products for both residential and commercial projects A new

website (greenhoustontx.gov) provides green links and good information for Houstonians

who want to improve their environmental footprint

AIA Houston orchestrated a design charrette to configure a space for the Green Building Resource Center

 in the Code Enforcement Building at 3300 Main Street in midtown Houston BNIM

Architects donated the design development for the 3,200 SF Center, and lntexure Architects

provided construction documents and administration of the project Reihl Engineering

donated the MEP engineering, and Apollo BBC donated the commissioning and the

structural engineering LEED for Commercial Interiors certification is being sought for

what is officially called the Code Enforcement Green Building Resource Center

At the Green Building Resource Center a diverse

selection of materials will be chosen for

display based on manufacturing proximity

to Houston, availability in Houston,

post-consumer recycled content, toxic

compound content, maintenance requirements,

rapidly renewable resource

content, third party verification, indoor air

quality effects, and durability In add1t1on

to display areas, the Center will house offices

of the Program Director and two Plan

Reviewers, and a conference room for code

officials that can be used 1n the evenings

for public-education programs A Cradle-to-Cradle

certified workstation, donated by

Steelcase, will contain a publically accessible

computer for green building information

browsing

Water for exterior landscaping will be

pumped from a 100-gallon cistern filled

with rainwater from roof runoff by a solar powered

pump. From a roof-top viewing

area, accessible by elevator, visitors can

see examples of cool roofing for flat and

sloped roofing, including examples of vegetated

green roofs Plans for an employee

garden are underway, as well as solar water

heating and purification displays The

next step Is the establishment of a virtual

Green Building Resource Center The products installed

in the Center that will contribute to

LEED for Commercial Interiors registration

and ultimate certification will be cataloged

The Green Building Tour buildings

will be indexed, and Green events will be

on the calendar The City wants to enable

public education of energy conservation

and Green building In Houston.

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