The City of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center, a project of the Department of Public Works and Engineering, offers economical, sustainable building solutions for the public.

Over 50 educational displays, a library of information, and samples of recycled materials provide strategies for green building and in-home energy conservation. Visit the showroom to learn about the impact of recycling, green building materials, solar panel installation, low-impact development techniques for stormwater runoff, energy-efficient windows and lighting strategies, heating and cooling technologies, and water conservation methods.

The Green Building Resource Center is located on the first floor of the Houston Permitting Center, which was constructed to green building standards to reach LEED for New Construction to the Gold level. The building embodies innovative ideas for energy conservation, featuring a raised floor system that provides future flexibility, water efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient light fixtures and AC equipment, recycled content acoustical insulation, and recycled artwork. In addition, the HPC boasts the following features:

  • A vegetated roof, watered with harvested rainwater and condensate from the air-conditioning system
  • A bioswale alternative to a traditional storm sewer, demonstrating permeable pavement, vegetated biorention, and turf-covered biofiltration
  • A rooftop array of 387 solar panels

Recent News

Creating and Composting at the Gingerbread Build-Off

The City of Houston Reuse Warehouse is pleased to be collaborating in this event once again. We accept building material, including compost, topsoil, and other bulk materials, divert it from landfills, and give it to non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies for free.

Mayor Turner Joins other Mayors in Statement about Climate Change

Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Order to roll back federal climate regulations.

Presentations 2018

Zero Waste - Really? - April 25, 2018

A current buzzword, what does zero waste mean—is it really zero?  Spoiler alert: no, it’s a goal (and more reasonable than you would think), however some companies and individuals are very, very close.

Green Materials: How Do You Know What’s Good? - March 28, 2018

Materials really do matter to the health of occupants and the environment, but the ingredients are not easy to discern.  To perform, material composition involve tradeoffs with how sustainable, floodproof, or healthy these ingredients are.  With tens of thousands of unregulated chemicals in building products, how many are toxic?  How does one predict reliability and longevity of a product, especially in the post-Harvey reality?  How much data is available regarding life-cycle assessments and embodied energy, and the manufacturing process regarding byproducts, pollution, and transpo

PACE: Liftoff in Houston - February 28, 2018

While PACE is not yet an everyday term, it is gaining traction in Houston. What is it? Property Assessed Clean Energy. Texas PACE enables property owners to finance 100% of their energy saving, water conservation, and distributed generation improvements with little to no capital outlay.


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Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Second Saturdays by appointment
(JAN - NOV only)


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