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