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Green Starts Early in Brazoria – Part One

July 24, 2009  /  Lifestyle

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 […]

Austin Energy Guidelines for On-grid Solar Power

February 25, 2009  /  Lifestyle

Unlike a standalone Solar, or PV system, the guidelines for constructing a solar system that will interface with Austin Energy are much more rigorous.  Austin Energy refers to this as a “parallel” system.The following information is a small overview of Austin Energy’s interface guide.•    You are required to present technical data including layout drawings, equipment […]

Green Isn’t Just the Building

February 19, 2009  /  Lifestyle

If you’ve been researching green building, LEED®, or any other environmentally motivated subject, you will have noticed that green building isn’t just in what and how you build.  It also has a lot to do with green living.  For the average person in the US, green living means recycling your newspapers and maybe driving a […]

LEED® Certification for New Construction – Energy and Atmosphere

January 28, 2009  /  Lifestyle

After finding a sustainable site and calculating water efficiency, it’s time to look at energy and atmosphere.  This category provides a whopping seventeen points towards LEED® certification, the largest amount of points awarded to any particular section.Required areas for LEED® certification are fundamental commissioning, minimum energy performance and fundamental refrigerant management.Fundamental CommissioningFundamental commissioning ensures that […]

The Five Elements of LEED® Green Building

January 8, 2009  /  Lifestyle

Several programs have a set of standard practices, but one of the most widely respected is the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System.LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, national rating system based on consensus.  According to the U.S. Green Building Council:”LEED® is a practical rating tool for green […]