Texas elementary school recognized for green construction

February 8, 2013
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An elementary school in Houston, Texas, is gaining recognition for the number of energy-efficient technologies included in its design. Your Houston News reports that Houston Mayor Annise Parker and leaders from the U.S. Green Building Council attended an event at Cunningham Elementary.

The event was intended to recognize the state of Texas’ growing dedication to incorporating sustainability practices in commercial and residential construction projects. According to the news source, Texas ranked 10th on the USGBC’s annual list of top 10 states for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Environmental Protection reports that there is 191,193,361 total square feet of LEED-certified buildings in 2012 in Texas. In addition, the Houston itself ranked fourth in the nation for the cities with the most LEED certified buildings owned or operated by the city.

“Across Texas, architects, designers, chapter leaders, and everyday citizens are coming together to create the healthiest possible environments for working, living, and playing,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC, according to the news source. “Making this list is a testament to their collective efforts to make sustainable building design and use a major part of the state’s discussion on the environment, and I applaud their tireless dedication to the mission of the green building movement.”

Texas’ growing dedication to incorporating the use of sustainable building practices in commercial and residential structure is in part thanks to new legislation and regulations supported by the public, according to a statement made by Mayor Parker, reports Your Houston News.

“Thanks to the voters of Houston and our recent bond election, we are going to be transforming public buildings across this community. And as we do that, we are going to make a statement; we are going to lead by example. We know that building green is the way to go,” Mayor Parker told the news source. “We want to lead by example. We can do what we can to [provide an incentive to] the private sector because for many of our business leaders in the community, they want to do the right thing, but we have to make it easy for them.”

States are finding that both public, private and government and non-government agencies are helping to support eco-friendly building practices. For example, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is actively working to promote green commercial construction standards in the greater Philadelphia area.