The West Brazos Junior High School was LEED® certified on June 30th, 2007. Built at a very reasonable cost of $109 per square foot and based upon a variety of conscientious green construction decisions, the school scored 27 points in the LEED® rating program.Certain components of the school, like the computer labs, the faculty lounge and the fitness center were forced to be located in areas without a view of the outdoors. However, more than 90% of the remaining space captures the expansive view and vistas as well as enjoy natural daylighting. The school’s green concept team subscribed to data suggesting that students benefit from improved indoor study and work environments and made a conscious effort to link the school to the environment. Wherever practical, clerestories were installed to increase daylight.The administration has been rewarded. Upon moving into the school, in the fall of 2006, average student standardized test results have improved by four points […]
When the West Brazos Junior High School opened its doors in the Fall of 2006, it became the first operational public junior high school in the state to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. Assistant Superintendent of the Columbia Brazoria Independent School District, Martha Buckner, stated the district’s goals; “Our goal was to demonstrate that green schools were achievable without spending extra money during the process. The key was smarter choices, not more money.”
On April 9, 2009, Sabre Holdings received the Texas Governor’s Proclamation in a five-year anniversary celebration of the company’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for its global headquarters and campus. Five years ago, Sabre Holdings established a green construction leadership role by incorporating the U.S. Green Building Council’s third party rating system. The Southlake campus is one of the country’s largest projects to receive the silver LEED® certification.
Contrary to what you might think, you don’t have to sacrifice the beauty of a well manicured landscape to create an environmentally friendly xeriscape. A xeriscaped yard can be beautiful all year, especially in Texas.