The CBH building on campus utilizes an HVAC mechanical system that incorporates four 60,000 cfm air handling units and a cooling capacity of 1750 tons. Until early 2012, the condensate from these units would drain into the sewer. Facilities Management installed an air handling unit (AHU) condensate catch tank and pumping system in order to reuse the water.
State-of-the-art Vanguard Manabloc Plumbing System® which is more energy efficient and results in reduced maintenance and greater reliability
Zurn Pex® plumbing system maintains water quality, is more energy efficient and results in reduced maintenance and greater reliability
Attractive, designer beige, double-pane, low-e windows provide energy efficiency and lower utility costs
16 SEER high efficiency air conditioning system(s)
A carbon monoxide detector is installed for added peace of mind (designated areas)
Balanced air pressure which comes from jump ducts, returns or transfer grills allows the HVAC system to function at peak efficiency
Dual or zoned A/C system (per plan)
Energy Star rated programmable thermostats
Filtered, fresh air intake ventilator system provides fresh air into the home refreshing old, stale air
Exhaust fan in all baths
High performance media air filter cleans air more efficiently than standard fiber filters
R-22 insulation in non-flat ceiling areas
R-38 fiberglass insulation in air conditioned flat ceilings
Radiant barrier roof decking in the attic drastically lowers attic temperature reducing heat being transferred into the home and extending air conditioner life
Satin nickel finish on ceiling fans
Superior quality reversible ceiling fan with light kit in family room
Triple barrier air infiltration system stops air leakage in the home and helps reduce utility bills
Eco-Smart homes in 100% compliance with the standards mandated by the Green Built Texas initiative to improve energy efficiency and protect the environment
Homes certified to meet the LEED for Homes program guidelines ensures our Eco Smart homes will provide a cleaner, healthier and more cost efficient home to operate and maintain, plus the homes are independently inspected for performance
Homes built to meet stringent Energy Star® requirements
What a super busy day today, I just had an opportunity to sit in on a presentation with Suzanne Yowell – Partners for Sacred Places …. This was just absolutely brilliant organization focused on the financial management of sacred places particularly churches, and paring these churches with nonprofit organizations for space share partnerships to help that are having financial difficulties sustaining themselves.
They typically work with historic churches or churches 50 years or older
They typically pare the churches with other non profit organisations, non profit business, medical offices ect.
Congregations are typically reluctant to open their doors to non related organizations or non profit business, This is normally do to the church needing to maintain their reputation. Even though any visitor to the Church is a potential member, and these partnerships can lead to positive marketing for churches in financial crisis.
This morning I got a chance to visit with Shannon Cate, about the improvement being done along the Trinity River.
Planning and Development Manager
Shanna Cate has worked in planning on the Trinity River Vision project since May of 2004. She manages aspects related to urban planning and development, TRVA’s Fair Contracting program and coordinates a broad range of activities related to stakeholder, community and governmental relations.
University of North Texas Denton, Texas, Master of Science Degree in Real Estate (August, 2005)
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, Bachelors of Business Administration Degree: Marketing Major (May, 2002)
Three bridges will span the bypass channel providing vehicles and pedestrians with access between Uptown and Northside neighborhoods.
1.5-mile-long bypass channel will be constructed to redirect flood waters around the low lying area to the north of downtown.
Because the bypass channel will be carrying water so quickly in times of flooding, areas where water can be stored before moving downstream will be critical. This is where valley storage comes into play. Valley storage is constructed to hold various amounts of water for short periods of time while river levels regulate after a flood.
Three flood gates will be installed at the portions of the river where the bypass channel and the original river intersect. These gates will remain open at most times, but can be shut during high water events – forcing water through the bypass channel.
A dam will be put in place near Samuels Ave. keeping the upstream water at a constant level at all times. The dam will also have a channel lock component allowing boats to travel from Marine Creek in the Stockyards all the way to Trinity Park!
Infrastructure needed for flood control will restore an aging industrial area once devoted to oil refining, scrap metal yards and electrical and chemical plants. When the bypass channel is completed, around 800 acres of underutilized land between the Tarrant County Courthouse and Northside Dr. will be accessible for private mixed-use development opportunities – in essence doubling the size of downtown. An envisioned 10,000 housing units and three million square feet of commercial, retail and educational space will make it possible for Fort Worth residents to live, work, play and learn near the river.
The Trinity Uptown plan will provide approximately 10 additional miles of pedestrian trails in the project area. These new trails will provide connectivity to existing trails and create linkages with neighborhoods and cultural amenities. The addition of new trails is concentrated largely along the east and west sides of the bypass channel and adjacent to the urban lake feature. The east side of the proposed bypass channel is envisioned as a “hard” edge with upper- and lower-level pedestrian walkways. These walkways will be hard surfaced and used for a variety of activities including walking, jogging, bicycling, and roller-blading. The west or “soft” edge of the bypass channel will be designed as a park-like natural setting with trails along a greenbelt. Picnic areas, park benches and landscaping will be used along the trails to create a place for the public to connect to the river and the environment. Trails are also planned in this section of greenbelt for horseback riding, and pedestrian bridges are proposed to provide easy access to the trail system.
What interested me the most:
Shannon mentioned they were creating Development Standards to maintain the cities support for urban-ism, and making sure they were only working with sustainable business, that would be maintain the integrate and support for the long run not just through the hype. They have had to decline buisness like Taco Bell and several convenience stores.
I was also interested in the entertainment and tourism that was already booming and the projects weren’t even 50% complete. Halfway through the presentation I started planning my family summer events in Fort Worth.
Consumers Korea, a civic group seeking to protect consumers’ right announced surprising news a few months ago that beef in Korea, whether it is domestic or imported, is the most expensive in the world. Korean and imported beef were 55,800 won and 54,500 won per kilogram on average, respectively.
The civic group pointed that inefficient and complicated logistics is the main reason for the high price of livestock in Korea.
Probably, another reason for the high price, though it is not the most important factor, is that livestock farmers in Korea spend more money than anyone else in the world in feeding antibiotics to their pigs and cows, according to a recent report by civic groups on animals.
Korean livestock farmers spent 0.91 kilograms per one-ton of livestock in 2002, which is about three times more than the Japan’s 0.35 kilograms…
Sustainability Intern at Jacobs Engineering Sustainability Grad Student at UTA Simulation Inventory Specialist at The University of Texas at Arlington
_______________ The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington-Amarillo College
LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.
LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification
The Net Zero energy designation will require Fort Carson to produce as
much energy on site as it uses. This will require aggressive
conservation and efficiency efforts, including finding ways to capture
and use waste energy and pursuing more renewable energy initiatives.
Operating as a net zero water installation, for example, means the
Mountain Post will conserve and re-purpose water. One way to achieve
this goal is to reuse gray water generated from showers and laundries
for irrigation of lawns and trees.
Additionally, Fort Carson will reduce, reuse and recover waste.
Converting appropriate waste materials into usable resources will
ultimately reduce and eliminate much of the need for costly landfill
This rating system pays more attention to the social aspects of sustainability and is utilized globally.
The aim of the Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS) is to promote the development of sustainable communities and improve quality of life. The PCRS encourages water, energy and waste minimization, local material use and aims to improve supply chains for sustainable and recycled materials and products.
Several principals were derived for LEED standards
Concentrates on environmental impacts of development along with sustainable development
It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy
I got a chance to sit in on a presentation withJohn Mauro, Parking Vault Ltd presented at the University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus. This was the most creative and efficient use for parking space.
Benefits Of Automated Parking Space Saving: Efficient Space Utilization Allows Greater Development Size
automated parking system can use 40% less surface area compared to a conventional garage to fit the same number of parking spaces.
More importantly automated parking garage can save up to 60% of the cubic feet of a garage leaving more space for other more profitable uses.
1 FAR Treatment (counts as one building floor)
Vehicle Security: Your Vehicle is Secure in a Storage Vault
Your vehicle is as safe if placed inside a bank vault. Once a driver parks his vehicle in an entry cabin and turns off the engine, the driver is the last person to touch the vehicle. The vehicle is moved by the parking equipment until it is stored in its computer assigned parking space inside the garage Storage Vault. No person has access to the Storage Vault and no equipment ever touches the vehicle. You are the only person who has access to your vehicle so leave your belongings safety inside in vehicle!
No risk of Dents from other drivers opening doors into your vehicle
No risk of Damage from other drivers backing into your vehicle
No risk of Theft No risk of Vandalism
Personal Safety: Parking Turned into a Pleasant Experience
Personal safety is optimized because a driver never leaves the safe and comfortable confines of the well lit entry cabin. The entry cabins are conveniently located and well monitored so there is no walking aimlessly through a garage searching for your parked vehicle. No driver ever has to walk alone through a garage or a dark stairwell to retrieve his vehicle.
No risk of Robbery
No risk of Rape
No risk of Physical Harm
No CO2 Emissions as vehicle engines are off during entire storage and retrieval process
No Fuel Usage driving up and down ramps searching for a parking space or exit
Lower Noise Pollution as no tires screeching up and down ramps and no horns honking
Reduced Building Footprint permits the balance of a site to be dedicated to other “green” features