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 […]
In an exciting green development, UL Environment, Inc. has validated the environmental claims manufacturers Serious Materials has made about its EcoRock drywall substitute building material. UL Environment is the Northbrook-based subsidiary of the 115 year-old Underwriters Laboratories and is the leading testing company of product claims and safety standards in the United States.UL’s focus is on building products and personal electronics. The company’s concentration is on validating specific and measurable claims that conform to the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide. The list of these products is constantly expanding as the green building demand for sustainable materials increases. UL Environment intends to create new standards for the many new sustainable building materials. The marketplace is so innovative and changing at such a rapid pace that rating companies have been unable to keep pace with the demand.
The Pioneer 360 Business Center in Arlington, Texas, has struck gold with the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system. The three building complex was designed by Alliance Architects of Arlington for Flaherty Development, also of Arlington.
Last week was a big week for Texas Tech and the Red raiders. Star football receiver Michael Crabtree was a first round draft choice of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and in the same week, the university announced a commitment to green construction for its newest 145,000 square foot building. The construction of the addition to the Rawls College of Business has applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Pioneer 360 Business Center is situated on a high profile 70-acre parcel in Arlington Texas. Through the combined efforts of Flaherty Development of Arlington, Alliance Architects and Bob Moore Construction, the three building complex will be a environmentally healthy and happy sustainable place to work, visit and have in the community. The green construction project is another feather in Arlington’s amazing community commitment to green construction.