You have probably heard by now, but the new Element Houston Vintage Park hotel has made its proud and commendable debut last month. The message bears repeating. The Element Houston Vintage Park hotel is the first in the state to pursue and obtain the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.
Highlands’ Chinquapin Faculty Duplex moves to the head of the green classroom by scoring high marks with the U.S. Green Building Council in its LEED® certification program. This faculty duplex serves as the first all-green facility on campus but is just a prelude to bigger and greener projects in the future.
If you own a small business that you operate out of your home you may think all this talk of business energy conservation is not for you—you’re wrong. In fact, you can make a huge difference, and you already are in many ways. Home businesses are the path for the future for many reasons, but the most ecologically important one is:
Very few people think about cleaning in association with green building. This is a big issue when it comes to buildings with LEED® certification, however. Unfortunately, after spending all that time on gaining that certificate, many Texas owners go about their business of building management in the “normal”, traditional way.
Tankless hot water heaters are being used in new construction and retrofitted for older homes to replace the original tank- style water heaters. This switch to tankless hot water solutions has saved much wasted water and energy, because it heats water as needed instead of continually working to keep a tank full of water at a constant temperature.One of the downfalls of switching to a tankless hot water heater is the fact that the hot water is not truly “on demand”. It seems that it takes a few minutes of running your hot water before it actually gets hot. Even with low flow fixtures, this can dump between 3-5 gallons of clean, usable water down the drain. If this happens every time the hot water is turned on, the wasted water can add up quickly.A sustainable solution for this particular issue has been developed. If you have an electric tankless water heater, you might want […]