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The City of Houston Green Building Resource Center by Intexure
February 2nd, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Intexure Architects designed the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center. It is a design leading by example, proving sustainability can be both beautiful and attainable. This project successfully achieved client goals in demonstrating a variety of sustainable options as well as increasing the general public’s awareness about the value of green design.
The center not only functions as office space but includes a material resource library and conference setting for presentations and events. Intexure created innovative flexible design solutions to allow the center to do more with less real estate and adapt daily to changing needs.
The conference room can be configured for a small meeting, or with sliding walls opened, expands to accommodate a large presentation. To host receptions and events, the recycling center rolls away, library louvers open, and displays move back to create one large open space.
Set within an existing office building and planned for future relocation, components were designed for disassembly and relocation, meeting the client’s needs while raising awareness on issues of significant waste in commercial interior build-out driven by workplace churn and tenant lease changes.
Intexure collaborated closely with the center’s director to select innovative and appropriate materials, integrate donations, and maintain a cohesive environment throughout the center.
As a demonstration center, sustainability was the top priority throughout the project resulting in a LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors. The roof houses various solar arrays and rain water harvested off the roof is stored in an above ground tank for landscape planter irrigation.
The resource library contains innovative products and full scale wall sections demonstrating various construction techniques. Window and film mockups showcase energy minded solutions along with high efficiency fluorescent and LED lighting controlled by a daylight harvesting system.
Raised under floor air and an exposed sock duct system demonstrate alternate methods of HVAC. A recycling center includes organized areas for the usual paper, plastic and aluminum along with thoughtful areas to keep batteries, electronics, and eyeglasses out of landfills.
Materials include recycled content carpet, renewable cork , bamboo, recycled tire flooring, 100% recycled glass terrazzo, no-voc paint, formaldehyde free MDF, recycled coffee bag laminate, 100% post consumer milk bottle surfacing, and recycled sorghum straw board. Reclaimed shiplap siding creates a unique entry soffit and demonstrates how salvaged materials can be given new life. Achieving this high efficiency design with limited budget and resources proves that sustainability is not for the élite but for everyone.
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