Tour Guide – Chuck Bosworth
Under the LEED rating system for new construction, BRIT’s headquarters was awarded 56 points. USGBC rating system requires a score of 52 or higher to achieve its platinum rating. The headquarters is the first building in Tarrant County to achieve the Platinum rating, the second in North Texas, and the eighth in the state of Texas.
The 70,000-square-foot, two-story building is situated on 5.2 acres. The building’s estimated energy savings is approximately $37,000 per year, which is 50 percent higher than energy code recommendations. A key contributor to the impressive energy savings is BRIT’s 52-kilowatt photovoltaic system mounted on the roof of BRIT’s Archive Block. The system supplies approximately 14 percent of the buildings annual energy requirements. Using captured rainwater from the roof and hardscape, BRIT has reduced potable water usage for irrigation by 95 percent. In addition, by using low-flow fixtures and other water conservation measures in the building it has achieved a 51 percent water savings.
SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS- MY PASSION
Creative ideas for Natural Meeting Spaces
—-They placed logs and log chairs around trees for people to gather and relax.
Commercial/Industrial Rain Collecting System
Wall- made from wood cypress from the Mississippi River
The building was designed on a natural slope for rain runoff.
Designed with 150 catches, including plants that run off into streets and street drains.
The water catches are designed to divert rain run off into the institutes prairie.
Windows are glare free, for subdued lighting to reduce energy usage by 75%
Living wall supports 3 types of vines that took a while to finally take off due to unexpected drought
Taking land or species known to lands elsewhere and bringing them in and mimicking their habitat.
The WHITE CAMERA- creates 360 shots of the area to help maintain the prairie.
Credit for Innovation in Design,by combining 2 buildings. This photo shows where the institute connects with the Library and Labs
White Roof helps keep the building cool.
With Solingical PV System
Largest archive of plants in Texas