January 9th, 2009
“Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas…is the first hospital in the world to receive the Leadership in Environmental Energy & Design Platinum designation by the U.S. Green Building Council.”
– Community Impact Newspaper
This is good, and you’d expect Austin, with its conservation and environmental orientation, would be near the top of the list of cities building LEED-certified buildings for its institutions. The new AT&T Conference Center at the University of Texas is also a LEED building.
You might not expect that Houston has a lot of LEED-certified buildings as well. The City of Houston’s award-winning programs (link is to a PDF file) including an effort to make all new and rehabilitated city buildings LEED-certified at the silver level. [Learn more here.]
These are great steps in the right direction. What’s needed today – please note, Texas Legislature members – is a revision of statewide building codes to begin to assure that all other buildings and renovations in Texas are starting to take steps to build in a sustainable way. Construction pollution is an important factor in our air quality; improving building codes is one way to make Texas better.