Green Building Resource Center - Welcome
The City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering Green Building Resource Center was officially launched on Earth Day 2009. The center, under the Planning and Development Services Division, is now located in the Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Ave, Houston TX 77002. If 'Going Green' is your goal this center offers economical Green solutions for the community.
Former Houston Mayor Bill White called the center a break-through in offering citizens a chance to get a first hand real look at Green building materials and applications they can easily use. The center offers friendly interactive features and displays for building, remodeling and renovations solutions.
Features include a showroom and classroom with samples of recycled or refurbished materials. Over 50 displays, many interactive, and a library of information provide additional strategies for Going Green are also available. There are also free samples of green material you can share with friends and neighbors.
The entire Houston Permitting Center which includes the Code Enforcement Green Building Resource Center, from top to bottom was constructed to green building standards to reach LEED for New Construction to the Gold level. From the raised floor system that provides future flexibility, water efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient light fixtures and AC equipment, recycled content acoustical insulation, to recycled artwork, the building embodies innovative ideas for energy conservation. One of the big attractions is a demonstration vegetated roof easily viewed from the second floor that is watered with harvested rainwater and condensate from the AC system.
The Code Enforcement Green Building Resource Center Program Director will offer plan reviews for cost effective Green options. This could lead to energy and water savings that create a healthier living environment and reduce wasted material and save money.
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