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May 5, 2016

LEED Platinum Home in Austin

LBritt homeA project that started out as a typical remodel turned into a so much more due to irreconcilable structural challenges. The homeowner and designer, Laura Britt, had a vision to create a functional, beautiful, and healthy environment for her family. From start to finish, every component of this home was selected with care and the vision in mind. In addition to achieving LEED Platinum Certification, this home has also been awarded Austin Energy Green Building 5 Star and the landscape has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as an Urban Wildlife Habitat.

 


December 15, 2015

Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference 2015

SPEER AwardSteve Saunders, past SPEER Chairman of the Board, accepts the Most Outstanding Non-Profit Organization award on behalf of SPEER along with Executive Director, Doug Lewin at the 2015 CATEE Conference in Galveston, Texas.

 

 

 

 

23033981494_5072568357_nTom Murrell, QuFresh President, demonstrates the cutting edge technology of the QuFresh ventilation fan to the conference attendees. For more information visit www.qufresh.com.


October 23, 2015

TexEnergy in the UAE

Eric in UAEEric Johnson from TexEnergy meeting at the home of Land Developer, Arif Sultan, in Dubai, UAE.


October 14, 2015

TexEnergy International Projects Featured in Village Voice

TexEnergy Solutions has partnered with Al Hamra Real Estate Development in Ras Al Khaimah, the fastest growing emirate in the United Arab Emirates, A++ Architecture out of Lugano Switzerland and internationally acclaimed interior designer Paolo Colombo to assist in the design and certification of Al Hamra’s residential projects under the United States Green Building Councils LEED for Homes program. In particular the Falcon Island project is the most innovative and green home design project in the Middle East and is designed to meet LEED for Homes highest level of Platinum certification. Falcon Island’s 150 luxury residences incorporate innovative solar energy sources that include a pioneering sea water fed hybrid cooling system and a falcon wing shaped photovoltaic bridge along with endless sustainable and green features. Bayti Townhomes, also targeting LEED for Homes certification as well and are a collection of well appointed homes in a gated community that will include leading-edge energy efficient and sustainable design features that make them one of kind homes in the Al Hamra Village master plan.

To read more about these Al Hamra projects, click here for the most recent addition of Village Voice.


October 6, 2015

The Dinerstein Companies Awarded with USGBC’s LEED for Homes Award for Outstanding Multifamily Builder 2015

HighSt0631 resizedThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the recipients of its annual LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building. The awards are given to outstanding multi- and single-family residential and affordable housing projects as well as builders and developers.

“The places we call home are where we feel safe and where we come together as families and friends. These leaders are working to make our homes more sustainable, healthier and happier living environments, setting an example for what is possible in green building,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “I commend the commitment and leadership in sustainable building from these recipients.”

Winners for this year include:

Outstanding Multifamily Builder: The Dinerstein Companies (TDC), Houston, Texas. Founded in 1955, The Dinerstein Companies has become one of the largest multi-family builder/developers committed to using LEED for Homes. Since 2013, all of TDC’s residential developments have achieved LEED Gold, and the company reports that it has more than 5,000 LEED-certified apartment units spread across 16 projects.

The Dinerstein Companies is no stranger to green building accolades. Beyond achieving LEED certification for 5,100 apartment units and counting, this leading full-service real estate and development company has won multiple awards for their commitment to sustainability. For over 60 years TDC has been building and managing unique and innovative properties that have an eye to the future, reflecting one of their core values: “To think, plan and build for the long term.” They see it as their responsibility.

In 2007, TDC decided to make a strong commitment to green building in order to meet the industry’s need for energy efficient design and sustainable construction. TDC pledged to design and construct 100 percent of their projects to achieve LEED certification. By 2011, they accomplished this goal, with all new developments achieving LEED Silver. Since 2013, all of TDC’s residential developments have achieved LEED Gold, and one LEED Platinum project. US-EcoLogic Inc. serves as TDC’s LEED for Homes Provider.

The Millennium Apartments is a suite of TDC’s premier green achievements. Located in Houston, Texas, this series of sustainable luxury apartment buildings all share some spectacular features that are emblematic of TDC’s high-end-with-a-conscience style. They are walkable properties with that combine luxury with integrity, like fitness centers and energy-saving utility management systems; resort-style pools and drought-tolerant landscaping; or dog parks and electric car-charging stations.

The Dinerstein Companies long-standing commitment to green building has demonstrated that doing well by doing good can result in some truly gorgeous places to call home.


September 28, 2015

High-Efficiency Multifamily Awards

We are proud to announce that 3 multifamily projects that US-Ecologic verified have received one or more 2014 Industry Award.

  • Gold Nugget Award of Merit- Campus Housing Project
  • Pillars of the Industry Awards- Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community
    • The District of Apache- Tempe, AZ by RHD
  • Multifamily Executive Awards- Green Housing Project of the Year
    • Millennium High Street- Houston, TX by Dinerstein
  • Student Housing Business Innovator Awards- Best Use of Green & Sustainable Design/Construction
    • Sterling Alvarado- San Diego, CA by Dinerstein

Follow this link to read more and see the full list of award recipients.


June 11, 2015

US-EcoLogic Partners Aaron Gary & Kat Benner Recognized as Green Partners of Excellence

Managing Director of Technical Delivery & Quality Assurance Designee, Aaron Gary, and Managing Director of Operations & Outreach- Multi-family, Kat Benner, have been recognized by Home Innovation Lab for the third year in a row as Green Partners of Excellence. Both Aaron and Kat have been intensely involved with Home Innovation and the National Green Building Standard in the last two years. They both serve on the 2015 National Green Development Board and have served on the Advisory Board for Green Raters. Kat has also served on the National Advisory Board for the entire program. Click here for the press release.


May 14, 2015

2009 IECC will be required for federal mortgage insurance

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Agriculture have determined that adoption of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for single-family homes does not have a negative impact on affordability, and will be the new baseline requirement for all homes eligible for FHA/HUD insured financing. Within 180 days, the Builder Certification form (HUD 92541) that contractors must sign to certify new homes are eligible for FHA/HUD mortgage insurance must certify that new homes meet the 2009 IECC. This requirement applies to all new homes, not just those in states that have adopted the 2009 IECC or better.


March 25, 2015

Austin, DFW and Houston Businesses Saved $145 Million with Energy Efficient Buildings

Three of Texas’ major metropolitan areas are embracing energy efficiency to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting EPA’s Energy Star requirements. Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston jointly have over 500 buildings with Energy Star certifications—saving a combined $145 million.

To read the full article, click here.


March 17, 2015

CEO Steve Saunders Honored with ACCA Award

ACCA has awarded Steve Saunders with the association’s Distinguished Service Award. Click here to read the full article.


February 9, 2015

Multifamily Sector Embraces Green Movement

Staying current on incentives and programs available to multifamily owners and developers keeps real estate pros better positioned to discuss and market such properties. To read the full article by REALTOR Mag click here.


January 15, 2015

Builder Perspective on Green Certification

Builder Magazine talks with Austin-based builder, Jimmy Jacobs Homes- a Century Communities company, about the added value they see in Green Certification programs. Click here to read the full article.


November 13, 2014

The Domain Companies Achieves LEED Silver in Baton Rouge

The High Grove is the first luxury apartment project in Baton Rouge to achieve LEED Silver. Developed with green and sustainability in mind, Domain’s hope is that it will serve as an example for future residential projects in the area. Click here to read more.


October 27, 2014

LEED Platinum Home Featured in Dallas Tour of Homes November 1-2

The Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be hosting the 8th annual Tour of Homes the first weekend in November. TexEnergy is proud to have been part of the verification of one of the homes being featured in this year’s tour. Found at 4539 Arcady, this home is the first LEED Platinum residence in Highland Park. To read more information about this home as well as all of the homes being featured, click here.


October 9, 2014

The Millennium Uptown Is Green Housing Grand Award Winner

Opened in 2013, The Millenium Uptown is Houston’s first wood-frame LEED Platinum apartment property. For the full article, click here.


September 19, 2014

KAPSARC Recognized for Best Regional Project in the Middle East by USGBC

2014-member-awards_1_0_0_0TexEnergy Solutions was the LEED for Homes Provider for SK Engineering & Construction on the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) developed by and for Saudi Aramco in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. This was a unique and industry leading project in the Middle East that pursued and achieved the first LEED for Homes – International Pilot Certification outside of North America.

USGBC announced the winners of its first annual Best of Building Awards, recognizing the year’s best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building.

Click here to see all the winners.


August 20, 2014

The Millennium High Street Luxury Apartments in Houston Achieve LEED Gold

The Dinerstein Companies’ newest LEED certified community found in Houston’s Highland Village area, achieved LEED Gold; one of the highest rating for sustainable design, build, and operation. To read the full article click here.


July 16, 2014

TexEnergy/US-EcoLogic Recognized as Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

TexEnergy/ US Ecologic has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2014. Being one of only a handful of Home Innovation’s green certification program partners to be recognized validates the commitment TexEnergy/US Ecologic has made to providing customers with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

“’Going Green’ was a logical path for building professionals to follow when the market was in decline and everyone was looking for something to set themselves apart and make the sale,” said Home Innovation Research Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier. “But now that the market is coming back, dedicated partners like TexEnergy/US Ecologic prove that participating in our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t just a gimmick or a fad– it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the marketplace.

As an accredited NGBS Green Verifier, TexEnergy/US Ecologic has provided independent verification services for [insert # of homes/buildings/units] that ultimately became NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs. NGBS Green Verifiers are trained, tested, and accredited by Home Innovation to ensure consistency and rigor across the country for NGBS Green Certifications across the country.

To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.

Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified more than 8,000 single-family homes, over 1,000 multifamily buildings representing close to 27,000 apartments, and 22 residential land developments representing more than 1,500 lots. (For more details on current certification numbers, visit www.homeinnovation.com/ngbsgreenstats) For more information on the NGBS or the Home Innovation certification program, visit www.homeinnovation.com/green.

Read more about the recognition click here.


July 14, 2014

Wood Partners Recognized

Wood Partners, a national leader in multifamily residential community development, has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence Rising Star for 2014. To read the full article click here.


July 8, 2014

Water Heater Efficiency Upgrades – Coming April 2015!

Earlier this year the Department of Energy (DOE) published a final ruling on the anticipated energy factor (EF) upgrades for residential water heaters. The new standards will take effect April 16, 2015 and are representative of the continued push for energy efficiency in the residential building market. Specifically, the standard states that water heaters manufactured on or after April 16, 2015 must meet the new EF requirements. The DOE has projected the new water heater standard will help save approximately $10 million in energy costs and mitigate nearly 164 million metric tons of CO2 over 30 years.

The new EF requirements will have broad implications for project teams involved in single and multifamily housing developments. The biggest changes resulting from the new standard will be seen in gas and electric water heaters >55 gallons. The table below compares the specific EF ratings amongst the various types of water heaters. Currently, the only water heaters in production that meet or exceed the standard for large water heaters include electric heat pump water heaters and high efficiency condensing gas water heaters. Although the DOE ruling increases EF standards for smaller water heaters, many models currently available within the market meet the new EF requirements.

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It is likely the tank size of water heaters will increase due to the additional insulation needed to achieve a higher EF rating. This is a key consideration for residential construction project teams, especially those working on multifamily projects. An increase in tank size will require additional space for utility storage areas. This could impact existing projects with limited storage flexibility when it comes time to replace water heaters. Furthermore, the use of “old” water heaters, although likely available after April 2015, may be prohibited by code and specific municipal regulations. Another important consideration resulting from the new standards will be the need to install a venting system and condensate drainage for gas water heaters. Although it is expected that the new standard will increase overall purchase costs for water heaters, manufactures such as Bradford & White and Rheem have expressed desire to respond in a cost effective way that considers the interests of both producers and consumers. More information on the specific ruling can be found at DOE’s website.


July 1, 2014

Trinsic’s Aura-Medical District Project in Dallas, TX Achieves National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Certification

Medical District 1 (2)TexEnergy/US-EcoLogic is proud to announce their involvement with the Trinsic Residential Group’s (Trinsic) Aura-Medical District project achieving Bronze certification within the NGBS green protocol.

This garden-style, 12-building, two and three-story community includes 329 residential multifamily units. The development is nestled in the heart of the Parkland Hospital Medical District area and plays a key role in revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood. Trinsic Residential Group is dedicated to building high-end, quality products that serve both the community as well as its individual residents by incorporating a strong focus on sustainability and green practices in both their design and construction.

This innovative project features above-code benchmarks designed around diverse community considerations including energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor air quality, resource efficiency, thoughtful lot development, and advanced operational management and education. The project achieved these measures through incorporation of above-average quality practices like advanced insulation, air sealing, and thermal blocking techniques, installation of enhanced equipment and fixtures (like quality HVAC systems, efficient water saving fixtures, Energy Star appliances, focused energy efficient lighting, technologically advanced windows, etc.) It then backed these designs by following through with active onsite inspections and engagement from TexEnergy/US-EcoLogic as third party Inspector and Green Verifier throughout the process to enforce all measures were indeed incorporated and installed as designed.

Project Manager, Kat Benner, a certified NGBS Verifier, was actively involved in the oversight and coordination of the entire process, resolving design team inquiries, guiding the field team of Inspecting technicians, and advising construction crews during construction and certification.

This project is just the first of many in Trinsic’s march toward an advanced sustainability standard for green multifamily construction excellence. Another project, Aura Wycliff, is anticipated to achieve NGBS certification within a few short weeks, along with a host of other planned multifamily developments currently under design and construction, each pursuing NGBS certification.


July 1, 2014

LEED for Homes Energy Requirements Update – New Deadline; New California Requirements

The deadline for registering projects under the current version of LEED for Homes has been extended to October 1, 2014.  How this EA 1 update impacts California projects was also released by the USGBC today.

EA 1 Update (for California)

For LEED for Homes projects located in California, the USGBC is enacting an EA 1 update in response to the adoption of Title 24 – 2013.  As the adoption of the newest version of Title 24 affects all buildings, so to will the LEED update apply to single family homes, town homes and all multifamily projects regardless of height.

Regardless of what version of Code the building permits under, LEED projects registered (and paid) prior to October 1st can still meet the current metric of 15% above Title 24 – 2008.  Projects registered after the deadline, will alternatively need to surpass Title 24 – 2013 by 10%.  To create some level of equity the scoring is being adjusted such that more points are awarded at lower percentages of improvements within the EA 1 credit.

EA 1 Update (excluding California)

EA1 Changes CaptureAs a reminder, the USGBC is updating the energy requirement within the LEED for Homes 2008 protocol to keep up with changing energy codes.  The update would make the energy requirement roughly 15% more stringent than the current protocol and roughly 30% more stringent than the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).   With three compliance metrics to choose from, achieve a Home Energy Rating Service (HERS) Index of 70 or better, comply with ENERGY STAR v3, or beat the new LEED Energy Budget metric, project teams will still have many choices for success.  Projects that register prior to the change will continue to use the HERS of 85 baseline.

This update affects all single family homes, town homes and multifamily projects three-stories and under, registered (and paid) after October 1, 2014.  In addition, multifamily projects up to five- stories have the option to pursue LEED for Homes under certain conditions, e.g. unitary equipment and limited non-residential conditioned space.  Projects registered under the LEED for Home Midrise protocol are unaffected.


June 30, 2014

ENERGY STAR®: Product Updates

ENERGY STAR introduces new labeling specification for Residential Clothes Dryers and updates to current specifications for Clothes Washers, Refrigerators & Freezers, and Windows.

ESTAR logo for articleAs part of its continued focus to help consumers save money on their energy bills and protect the environment, the EPA reviews the market penetration of the products it certifies.  Once ENERGY STAR products in a given category reach a 35% market share the EPA then starts the update process.  The goal being, to keep pace with the evolution among leading products and continues effective differentiation for consumers.

This review process is spawning updates to the specifications for Clothes Washers, Refrigerators & Freezers, and Windows.  Additionally the EPA has announced new labeling specifications for Residential Clothes Dryers as it tries to identify other product categories where an energy efficiency label would be beneficial to consumers.

 

Product New Version Effective Date
Residential Clothes Washers

7.0

3/7/2015
Residential  Refrigerators & Freezers

5.0

9/15/2014
Residential Clothes Dryers

1.0

1/1/2015
Windows

6.0

In Development

 

More information on these products and updates can be found at www.energystar.gov

Residential Clothes Washers

Residential Refrigerators & Freezers

 Residential Clothes Dryers

Windows


June 25, 2014

2014 SmartMarket Report Shows Growth in Green Building Market

McGraw Hill Construction has released their 2014 report “Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market”. The report walks through the evolution of green building in both single family and multifamily markets with comparisons to previous studies. To read the entire report click here.


June 19, 2014

New USGBC Report Shows Up to 150,000 Green Housing Units Now Certified Under LEED

LEED in Motion Residential Cover11The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide. This growth more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and continues to increase steadily.

To continue reading the latest from the USGBC click here.


June 16, 2014

Mechanical Ventilation for Improvement of Air Quality in Existing Homes by US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy Solutions

As defined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), ventilation is “the process of supplying outdoor air to or removing indoor air from a dwelling by natural or mechanical means”. Ventilation (the V in HVAC) is the activity of trading or replacing air in any space to make available high, indoor air quality. It is intended to replenish oxygen and remove moisture, smells, smoke, dust, airborne germs, and carbon dioxide. It plays a significant role in the overall health and comfort of building occupants by removing indoor air pollutants and supplying fresh air. Although simple in its definition, effective ventilation becomes more complex when considering evolving building standards and the variety of seasonal climate conditions in which homes and buildings exist. Click here to read the full article.


March 31, 2014

AMLI at Barrett Receives LEED Gold Certification

Amli-1117 resizeUS-EcoLogic/TexEnergy Solutions is pleased to announce that AMLI at Barrett, developed by AMLI Residential was awarded LEED GOLD certification.  The project, located in Kennesaw, Georgia, was awarded this certification after construction, testing and inspections this past fall and winter.

AMLI at Barrett consists of 7 apartment buildings, 4-stories each, and 238 total units.  As part of its overall commitment to “Provide an Outstanding Living Environment for Our Residents,” AMLI Residential chose to pursue certification under the national residential green building program LEED for Homes.  LEED for Homes is a green building certification program designed for residential construction that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.  Projects are rated on their selections of points related to Energy Use, Water Use, Indoor Air Quality, Site Selection, Location, and Education.

AMLI at Barrett was inspected and tested throughout all construction phases to verify high-efficient irrigation system, radon mitigation measures, air-sealing, insulation, performance testing of the HVAC system and unit compartmentalization.  The units were also verified with high efficiency appliances and fixtures consisting of low-flow water fixtures, compact fluorescent lighting fixtures and ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and bath fans.  At the conclusion of inspections, the project was shown to have a confirmed HERS Index of 78.

Project Manager, Alan Hamblin, a certified HERS rater and LEED Green Rater, was onsite throughout the construction phases to visually inspect, conduct performance tests using the duct blaster and blower door systems, and gather photo documentation for each credit claimed.

The finished project was awarded LEED GOLD in March 2014.


March 31, 2014

Outstanding Multifamily Builder of the Year- AMLI Residential

AMLI EscenaAMLI at Escena is a wood-frame, garden style 440-unit unit apartment community located in Irving, TX.  This project achieved a LEED Gold certification in the LEED for Homes Multifamily rating system, and has raised the bar for green apartments in Texas. The project’s efforts to reduce energy and water use, and provide a healthy living space for residents has made it one of AMLI’s most successful apartment communities.  The entire AMLI at Escena staff receives training so they can understand and explain the benefits of exciting features such as bioswales and fresh air ventilation to residents and neighbors.


March 31, 2014

Outstanding Commitment- AMLI Residential

AMLI900AMLI Residential, a preeminent multifamily developer focused on the development, acquisition and management of luxury apartment communities across the United States, is being honored with two LEED for Homes awards from the US Green Building Council.  The awards, Outstanding Commitment and Outstanding Multifamily Builder of the Year are being received as part of the 2013 LEED for Homes Awards for their work in that calendar year.

AMLI Residential is a preeminent company in development, acquiring, and managing green apartment communities.  They show a true commitment to sustainability and LEED for Homes by utilizing LEED certification as a tool for providing happy, healthy apartment homes for residents and being a responsible steward of the environment.  AMLI understands green buildings start with good design, but need to be operated in a manner that enables the building to reach its designed potential. AMLI’s new developments in eight different markets are being designed to achieve LEED certification and continue committing to the green efforts long after construction is complete.  AMLI’s current portfolio includes seven certified projects, six of those completed certification in the LEED for Homes rating system. AMLI anticipates the number of LEED developments in their portfolio will double this year and triple in 2015.


February 3, 2014

Mayors from 10 Major Cities Unite to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings

Mayors have come together from ten major U.S. cities and announced that they are taking action to boost energy efficiency in buildings. They will be joining in the new City Energy Project that will help create healthier, thriving U.S. communities. Buildings are the largest source of energy consumption and pollution in our cities, therefore working to reduce this will directly impact the sustainability of these cities.

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February 3, 2014

Q&A: Green consultant Jeremy Velasquez

US-EcoLogic’s Senior Multi-Family Project Manager, Jeremy Velasquez, talks about the LEED for Homes program, how this particular community, Haven Lake Highlands, is pursuing this certification, and what that really means. As a green consultant, he is involved from early in the design phase, working close with the project team, all the way through construction and the certification process.

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February 3, 2014

NMHC SPECIAL REPORT: Apartments Fit for a Dog (or Cat)

Recent studies show that approximately one third of U.S. households include at least one furry, four-legged friend. For multifamily developers, having pet friendly amenities are quickly becoming a must. Large investors have been focused for several years on building ‘greener’ homes, many to LEED standards, and even local codes have been increasingly pushing green. Renters are willing to pay more for their pet-friendly environment, but what about the ‘green’ amenities?

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December 24, 2013

Pinnacle Housing’s Singing Oaks (The Roxton) multifamily project in Texas achieves top-level remodel environmental status…

US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy is proud to announce their involvement with the first ever certified “Emerald” status NGBS Green Remodel multifamily project in the country. The Singing Oaks project (currently renamed “The Roxton”), in Denton, Texas, was awarded this certification after construction, testing and inspections this past fall. The Roxton is also the first Emerald NGBS Green Remodel project awarded in the State of Texas.

Singing Oaks (The Roxton) is a 16-building, 126 unit, low-rise multifamily project (3-stories) who’s owner and builder wanted to pursue national residential green certification through the National Green Building Standard’s “Green Remodel” program. This program has standardized base requirements for residential projects in which it monitors energy use, indoor air quality, water use, resource efficiency, operational management, and lot development. Specifically, standards are rated on specific Energy Use and Water Use for final certification rating.

The project’s 16 buildings were each rigorously inspected to establish a baseline of energy and water use, inspected throughout the construction period (from the early days when tenants lived within, through open buildings being cleaned for asbestos abatement, new installation of insulation, poly-sealing, thermal blocking, all-new equipment and fixtures (HVAC, water facets, showerheads, appliances, hot water heaters, irrigation, fans, lighting, etc.) and then carefully re-inspected and tested upon final turnover. Through this process, TexEnergy/US-EcoLogic was on site over several months to gather pertinent information via visual inspections, duct testing, blower door tests, insulation installation inspections, air sealing, etc. to surmise the necessary information and compile documentation via on site photos and tracking. The project was submitted and awarded in October of 2013.

Project Manager, Kat Benner, a certified NGBS Verifier, was on site to oversee the process and coordinate the team of field inspection personnel and Engineering assistance to run energy modeling and water use data.

Final results yielded savings from the original 1970 buildings, remodeled with state of the art equipment, appliances, and systems to show an overall Energy Savings of over 63%, and overall Water Savings (both interior and exterior use) at over 53%. It is the largest NGBS Remodel project in the United States. The Owner, Pinnacle Housing, held an inauguration ceremony in October which featured speakers from the owner’s property development, the on-site management company, past and current residents of the property, The Mayor of Denton, and TexEnergy/US-Ecologic’s project manager each presented to the public, press and residents, describing the energy and water savings features of this groundbreaking development.


October 10, 2013

Singing Oaks Largest NGBS Remodel Path Certified Emerald Project

The Roxton (formerly Singing Oaks) is an existing rental community that was redeveloped by one of the principals of Pinnacle Housing Group, using Housing Tax Credits awarded by TDHCA. The property was originally built in 1970 and has a mix of large floor plans averaging nearly 900 square feet per unit. The comprehensive renovation of the complex began in May 2012. The newly renovated site will include numerous amenities and like-new interior and exterior features. It is the largest NGBS Remodel Path project certified Emerald.

 


October 7, 2013

Wood Partners breaks ground on Maple Avenue apartments next to DART rail station

Dallas’ commuter light-rail system has spawned another urban real estate project.

Apartment developer Wood Partners said Monday that it has broken ground on a $36.3 million rental project next door to DART’s Inwood/Love Field Station.

The four-story, 249-unit apartment development is the latest in a series of rental complexes that have sprung up along Maple Avenue since the light-rail line opened last year.

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September 30, 2013

District on Apache Certified LEED Silver

The District on Apache in Tuscon, Arizona is a 5-story wrap building containing 206 units with structured parking. It has upgraded streetscape and hardscaping including over 950 bike parking spaces. It was certified LEED Silver.


July 11, 2013

USGBC’s 2012 Leadership Awards Highlight Innovation and Vision in the Sustainability Sector

Steve Saunders, CEO, Texas Energy Solutions, received the Leadership in the Residential Sector Award. Texas Energy Solutions is a LEED for Homes Provider, and Saunders has done extensive work to expand and advance the LEED for Homes program.

“This award is really a tribute to the leadership commitment of our wonderful clients and the dedicated effort of my coworkers – two groups I am proud to serve,” said Saunders. “I am grateful to the USGBC – particularly to the LEED for Homes team – for building a terrific platform for residential sustainability.”

 


May 30, 2013

Texas’s First LEED ND Development

The Mueller community in Austin, TX has been designated as a LEED Silver Certified Plan from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) through its LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program, making Mueller the first community in Texas to achieve this status. At 700 acres, Mueller is the largest LEED-ND community to achieve any level of certification, more than double the acreage of the next largest community.

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