Amari Roskelly, LEED AP, Jacobs Engineering

A Little About LEED with Amari Roskelly

 

The Layers of Sustainability are like peeling apart the layers of an onion

The Layers of Sustainability are like peeling apart the layers of an onion

Sustainability Coordinator at Jacobs Engineering

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Sustainability Intern at Jacobs Engineering
Sustainability Grad Student at UTA
Simulation Inventory Specialist at The University of Texas at Arlington
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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
Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle.

Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle.

 

 

EED buildings are helping them thrive. An investment in LEED equals a lifetime of returns. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. Businesses and organizations across the globe use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies. LEED-certified buildings give back. LEED certification increases property values and LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances.

EED buildings are helping them thrive. An investment in LEED equals a lifetime of returns.
LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. Businesses and organizations across the globe use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies.
LEED-certified buildings give back. LEED certification increases property values and LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances.

 

 

Sustainability for Military Bases – Fort Carson

https://www.facebook.com/SustainableMountainPost

Fort Carson will strive to become self-sustaining under a designation of "net zero" assigned by the Department of Defense. The only other overall net-zero base, meaning all services from power to water are included, is Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

Fort Carson will strive to become self-sustaining under a designation of “net zero” assigned by the Department of Defense. The only other overall net-zero base, meaning all services from power to water are included, is Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

 

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
disposal.

 

 

SOME INTERESTING LINKS:

http://www.estidama.org/

  • 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.

http://living-future.org/lbc

  • Encourages more self sufficient improvements
  • 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

John Mauro, Parking Vault Ltd

I got a chance to sit in on a presentation with John Mauro, Parking Vault Ltd presented at the University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus. This was the most creative and efficient use for parking space.

Automated parking is a computer operated system of equipment that parks and retrieves vehicles with no human involvement. Automated parking decreases the floor area and cubic volume of a garage thereby increasing the saleable or rental square feet of a building while protecting patrons and vehicles because no one ever enters the actual storage vault and vehicle engines are turned off so there is no risk of vehicle damage.

Automated parking is a computer operated system of equipment that parks and retrieves vehicles with no human involvement. Automated parking decreases the floor area and cubic volume of a garage thereby increasing the saleable or rental square feet of a building while protecting patrons and vehicles because no one ever enters the actual storage vault and vehicle engines are turned off so there is no risk of vehicle damage.

Parking vault How 

DRIVE IN

DRIVE IN

DRIVE IN

DRIVE IN

leave

system stores

SYSTEM SORES YOUR CAR

SYSTEM STORES YOUR CAR

retrieve

drives to owner

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)
No Ramps
No Driveways
No Walkways
Tandem Parking 

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

 

Interesting Facts:

1 mule or lever runs about 1 million dollars

20 cents per car

Parking rates are still under debate

 

 

Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes (Update)

I got a chance to sit in on an updated presentation with Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes At the University of Arlington

Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes- Presentation University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus

Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes- Presentation University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus

The Highlights:

60% of consumers today are “Baby Boomers

“Baby Boomers” are really concerned with costs and safety

“Baby Boomers” are willing to spend the extra money if they can save a little in the future

“Baby Boomers” Grew up in large homes and have learned through experice and education that Greener Living is worth the extra upfront costs

Then you have “Survivalist”  They are concerned with Green Custom Built Homes, because they want to be prepared for anything especially disasters.

Don explains to us how each step in building the home leads to a more efficient home.  But with each step the next level of efficiency is often enhanced by the previous.   The air tightness of the home the insulation, a white TPO roof, hurricane ties for the roof, Hardy siding insulation and windows as well as the A/C system all lend to the benefits of the overall finished home. These benefit the homeowner with regards to insurance rates as well.  Don says the roof and other elements of the home will lower the homeowners insurance rates. Even though the home will usually cost more up front the savings more than pay for the initial investment through energy savings and insurance premiums.

Don explains to us how each step in building the home leads to a more efficient home. But with each step the next level of efficiency is often enhanced by the previous. The air tightness of the home the insulation, a white TPO roof, hurricane ties for the roof, Hardy siding insulation and windows as well as the A/C system all lend to the benefits of the overall finished home.
These benefit the homeowner with regards to insurance rates as well. Don says the roof and other elements of the home will lower the homeowners insurance rates.
Even though the home will usually cost more up front the savings more than pay for the initial investment through energy savings and insurance premiums.

We had our first home Energy Star-certified in 2000 and we’re still Energy Star certifying our homes, along with LEED, the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, Green Built Texas, and the DOE’s Builders Challenge. Having our projects third-party certified provides hard data that our homes are constructed and perform as promised and helps differentiate us from other builders who simply claim to be building green, but have no independent party proving it. In addition, certification provides our homeowners with a marketing tool that they can use to differentiate their homes from other standard homes, which comes in handy when reselling.

We had our first home Energy Star-certified in 2000 and we’re still Energy Star certifying our homes, along with LEED, the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, Green Built Texas, and the DOE’s Builders Challenge. Having our projects third-party certified provides hard data that our homes are constructed and perform as promised and helps differentiate us from other builders who simply claim to be building green, but have no independent party proving it. In addition, certification provides our homeowners with a marketing tool that they can use to differentiate their homes from other standard homes, which comes in handy when reselling.

 

Interesting Links:

https://chefcatreana.wordpress.com/2012/05/

BRIT-LEED Platinum Building (tour)

Tour Guide - Chuck Boswor

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.

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.

MY PASSION

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.

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

Commercial/Industrial Rain Collecting System

Wall- made from wood cypress from the Mississippi River

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.

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%

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

Living wall supports 3 types of vines that took a while to finally take off due to unexpected drought

  Biomimicry- 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.

Biomimicry-
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

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

White Roof helps keep the building cool.
With Solingical PV System

BIRT solar Info

Largest archive of plants in Texas

Largest archive of plants in Texas

Herbatorium

Herbatorium

Andre McEwing- Berry Street Project

I got a chance to sit in on a presentation at University of Arlington

Andre McEwing

Mr. McEwing attended Tarrant County Junior College and Morehouse
College receiving a BA degree with a concentration in Banking and
Finance and minor in accounting.
Mr. McEwing has extensive mid-level management, sales, finance,
accounting and budgetary experience having worked at Lockheed-Martin
Aeronautical Company, Pepsi Cola Company, Nabisco, and Waste Management.

He is a current member of the Greater Fort Worth Economic Development Council, Leadership
Fort Worth Board and Class of 2007, Metropolitan Black Chamber Board Member, Fort Worth
Chamber Board- Ex Officio. He has served on the Mayor’s Citizen’s Committee for Fort Worth Future
and The 2006 Tarrant County Transportation Bond Committee. He is currently serving on the City of
Fort Worth Modern Streetcar Task Force and the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Infrastructure
Funding.

The Highlights:

  • Tiff incentives allowed them to bring in a Walmart
  • This Walmart was very community specific, It doesn’t feature a MacDonald, A Smart Styles, Nail Salon, or Auto Center.
  • Market analysis determined this particular community was over saturated with fast food restaurants, Auto Shops, and Hair and Nail Salons.
  • Once the Walmart was established, major franchise companies moved in and it lead to a serious boom in financial investments and incline in cash revenue.
  • They restored an eyesore of an unused gas station into new Exon with an attached Churches Chicken, and shopping center that currently houses a Metorpcs
  • They are expecting retail business like a Ross Clothing Store and the addition of restaurants

Financing

  • Most of this area is a TIFF District
  • 5 TIFF Taxing Initiates
  • These Business will give back a percentage of their profits to re-invest in Riverside
  • TIFF Funding helped pay for:
  • A new Laundromat
  • Transit systems
  • Apparel Stores
  • and was used as an insensitive for builders to come in and build multi-family homes

berry riverside

My Concerns or Misunderstanding:

Now keep in mind I’m a baby in this industry, so it was hard for me to understand how the boom in development lead to improvements amongst the residents. As the presentation went on it started to feel like the only people who benefited from this revitalization project were the investors, it seemed to just keep money in the pockets of the people who already had money.

When I remember Berry Riverside Area, I picture Jacksonville Mississippi, just block to block low income and abandoned homes, with high crime and lots of open unused land. So I guess when you look at it this way,any development was better than what the community had. I understand that if these investments had not happened this is an area that would have continued to be under-deprived, regardless of who’s pocket the money is going into.

My other concern was how sustainable were these businesses to the area. Again I understand any development any cash flowing through this community is better than what they had. Yet, it’s just been in my experience that certain business will move into a community especially one that’s being revitalized or got a lot of hype and press, then 10 years later your back to square one.

Yes, Yes I also know that you will have families and tourist come from miles away to shop at this new Walmart and eat at these new local restaurants, but it’s just a matter of time before another developer or decided to build another Walmart, which will lead the the Wal-Mart Affect.

Yet in 10 years or so your back to square one meaning their leases are coming up the hype has died down and their leases are running out so you have these abandoned shopping center, or shopping centers and structures being re-leased to irrelevant business.

I also think its pretty poor to hear several people in this presentation saying ” Well we can’t control what or how the residents and leaders of the community will maintain the neighborhood.” No one can control the future but these developers or consultants to developers have the power to guide what happens to the future of a community.

I bet Mr. McEwing just didn’t have the time to realy break down the revitalization efforts going on in this community and I’m pretty sure if he had the time he would have wrapped his presentaion up with more information on how these improvements were going to help improve the lives of the residents of this community, and how this will bring more families into Riverside. I want to say I am going to continue to follow the develpment in this area, but ……

End of my soap box

Tarrent Reginal Water Distric (re-visit)

Tarrant Regional Water District

Tarrant Regional Water District

I got a chance to visit the Tarrant Reginal Water District, and unlike the last visit I got a chance to see their control room, while Laura discussed their coverage area.

Since I wasn’t busy taking pictures on this tour I heard some really interesting facts about their new facility:

  • Waste Water is being recycled through a 200 acre wet land treatment system
  • 1.47 Million Solar array (powers 50-70% of the buildings usage)
  •               Repaid in 16-18 years
  •               Since the water district is a govt. building it was important for them to look into long term improvements with little environmental impacts
  • The control room is comprised of several monitors, constantly monitoring the counties lakes and public water usage
  • Since water is becoming scares and expensive to move around the water district is working on ways of reducing costs to its community.

I appreciated that the Water District had created several indicatives to encourage it’s employees to practice sustainable working habits, that support environmental improvements.

Concrete counter tops make with Beeswax

Concrete counter tops make with Beeswax

Mill work enhances air quality

Mill work enhances air quality

Low Flow Sinks

Low Flow Sinks

Florescent Lighting on Essential Programming

Florescent Lighting on Essential Programming

Rik Adamski, Tactical Urbanism (Presentation at UTA)

Rik Adamski, was the Streetscape Team Leader on the embRACE theSTREET Better Block project, in Fort Worth’s Near Northeast Side. He is currently spearheading a large-scale “Incremental Urbanism” project for SteerFW, Mayor Betsy Price’s young leader initiative for the City of Fort Worth. He has also guest lectured on the subject of Tactical Urbanism at University of Texas at Arlington.   Rik earned his Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati. He has over ten years experience in the real estate and planning industries and currently, is a Senior Planner for Bowman-Melton, Associates, a Dallas-based firm, which specializes in pedestrian and bicycle planning.

Bio complements of Texas A&M : http://calendar.tamu.edu/?&eventdatetime_id=14700

Rik- Tacktical Urbanism

I got a chance to attend the presentation presented by Rik Adamski, at the University of Arlington. I’ll admit wasn’t really looking foward to the presentation, but I learned it was my ignorance because I had NOOO idea what Tactical Urbanism was.

Catreana:

How dose Tactical Urbanism differ from these New Urbanism developments, which I see as building these mini communities that don’t require transportation because everything is in walking distance, and these communities are designed to be completely sustainable amongst themselves and its residents.

Rik:

Tactical urbanism helps citizen activists transform their own communities and educate others about how urban interventions can lead to long-term change in the quality and function of an urban space. Participants will gain knowledge on: The range of tactics available for different purposes, How to plan an intervention, How to identify a site for an urban intervention, How to gain the proper permissions for staging an intervention, How to recruit participants, How to recruit sponsors and donors.

The challenge is teaching some to live on less, and how to use less resources ~ Rik Adamski

You have to put a little pressure on cities by demonstrating … Show them urbanism can also be fun ~Rik Adamski

The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas
Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas
Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

Photo Snipped from Alex Denham - The Planning Observer

Photo Snipped from Alex Denham – The Planning Observer

My Thoughts:

I hate to always be criticizing these communities, but what drives me nuts is that these communities are built based on what the developer thinks a particular community needs, granted yes I understand they do extensive surveys and lots of neighborhood meetings to determine what a particular New Urban Community needs. It just keeps resulting in a serious imbalance.

Plus one reason we have so many cars on the roads is due to individuals who want diversity, and options. They want options in work location, entertainment ect.

The imbalance, meaning you have these New Urban Communities where the developer decided to bring in organic grocery stores, upscale salons and retail stores. Then you have the other neighborhoods that are developed with several multifamily properties with culturally based grocery stores (El Rigio/Alde) and school buses that transport the children to overcrowded schools across town. I get it if you don’t like that communities features find another community, but that’s why we have land locked cities and rapid sprawling.

Community Supported Initiatives The message on the concrete reads: This is how I build a better block. The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

Community Supported Initiatives
The message on the concrete reads:
This is how I build a better block.
The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas
Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

Community Supported Initiatives The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

Community Supported Initiatives
The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas
Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

Community Supported Iinitiatives Bringing Back Block-Parties The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

Community Supported Iinitiatives
Bringing Back Block-Parties
The First Better Block, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas
Photos Snipped from Youtube Video Created by Doug Costin

After the presentation I now understand:

The beautiful thing about DYI Urbanism, it’s completely driven by the citizens in that community. Tactical Urbanism gives communities tactics to empower community residents and leaders to do different DYI improvements, giving the residents a sense of ownership over their community that will lead to more creative and innovative new urban development ideas.

When it comes to Tactical or New Urbanism, Social Sustainability must come first. I now have a lot of respect for Tactical Urbanism because it takes into account what a lot of organizations are leaving out. I think any type of development is pointless without empowering community residents not just community leaders>> community residents. If you’re not empowering local residents to maintain and continue to grow and improve there communities, we will continue to have sprawling.

I think it’s important that organizations and leaders (Chamber of Commerce’s, Habitat for Humanity’s, Local ISDs ect.) really consider working with neighborhood residents on DIY Projects.  These projects will highlight their communities, and if done well will create enough buzz that will encourage to developers taking a second look at their communities for improvements. Then they wouldn’t have to beg Wal-Mart’s to build in their communities and cross their fingers that other business will jump on the Wal-Mart Affect.

My opinion again, but sprawling comes from developers who don’t want to take the time or energy to encourage local residents to make changes. So these developers choose to develop in areas they know they can implement 80% of their own ideas.

Here’s me being a devil’s advocate but I really don’t blame these developers.

Bike racks made form palates Photo from Riverside, Racestreet Fort Worth  Build a Better Block Project

Bike racks made form palates
Photo from Riverside, Racestreet Fort Worth
Build a Better Block Project

DYI Projects  Photo smipped from Raise the Hammer - Tactical Urbanism http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/1849/invigorating_tactical_urbanism_talk_inspires_action

DYI Projects
Photo smipped from Raise the Hammer – Tactical Urbanism
http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/1849/invigorating_tactical_urbanism_talk_inspires_action

Creative Awareness or Street Damage and Potholes. DYI Projects  Photo smipped from Raise the Hammer - Tactical Urbanism http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/1849/invigorating_tactical_urbanism_talk_inspires_action

Creative Awareness or Street Damage and Potholes.
DYI Projects
Photo smipped from Raise the Hammer – Tactical Urbanism
http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/1849/invigorating_tactical_urbanism_talk_inspires_action

Interesting Links Mentioned:

http://www.bcworkshop.org/bcW/

The Building Community Workshop is a Dallas based nonprofit community design center seeing to improve visibility and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. We enrich the lives of citizens bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so the BCWorkshop recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic and environmental issues facing a community  before beginning work.

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Dallas Habitat for Humanity

http://www.dallasareahabitat.org/web/guest/unlockthedreamtour

Upcoming Unlock the Dream Tours:

We hold our one-hour tours on the 2nd Wednesday and the 4th Thursday of each month.  To confirm a tour date & time for you and/or any friends, co-workers or family, please fill out the following form.  A confirmation email will be sent to you with further details.

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Build a Better Block

http://betterblock.org/

The “Better Block” project is a demonstration tool that acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the buildout process and provide feedback in real time

Solar Shuttle with Dan Lepinski (Visit)

Another Creative and Effienfcet Use for Solar Power

Dan says the number one question he gets is “What’s the return on investment for adding these solar panels.”

His answer “What’s your return on investment now for you current electricity bill.”

At the University of Ariligton Fort Worth Campus

At the University of Ariligton Fort Worth Campus Presentation May 2013

Dan Lepinski has a back ground in Electrical Engineering, with a deep passion for solar technology. He created his first solar powered radio as a 6 grade science project… the judge’s recommendation was better luck next year because solar power is way too impractical.I got a chance to sit in on the 2 hour presentation presented by Dan Lepinski, at the University of Arlington Fort Worth Campums

Hands Down Dan Lepinski is a true “Texas Solar Guru”

Dan hand crafted an old wellsfargo trailer into an emergency response vehicle that can be used in disastrous situations. This trailer has been used to maintain power for police radios and equipment, computers and even medial batteries when no electricity is available.

Quick View of the inside of the trailer

Quick View of the inside of the trailer- At the University of Arlington Presentation May 2013

Interesting Facts About the Trailer:

  • Its portable and with brakes, to protect the amount of batteries its carrying
  • 5 Top Solar Panels
  • 5 Bottom Solar Panels
  • Panels are made of tempered glass and peat sand>> all covered by insurance
  • Each set of solar panels are powered by separate charging controls
  •            Typically one inverter is used at a time
  • Eight Batteries – four each in two separate 24Vdc systems
  • Total Battery Amp-Hours 1100 amp-hours @ 20 hour rate (all battery banks in parallel).
  •  Total Battery Reserve 26,400 watt-hours @ 20 hour rate (all battery banks on line)
  • Inverter Safety Switches>> Only the Main inverters – DC input @300 Amps. UL certified.
  • Data Output Ethernet interface to 802.11g wireless router
  • Saves 80% on energy usage
  • The trailer can power a 2 story home >> if the home has undergone additional energy effiecent improvements.
Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, Custer, Wisconsin (Powering 42 vendors in the two main buildings and the Main Information Tent)

Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, Custer, Wisconsin
(Powering 42 vendors in the two main buildings and the Main Information Tent)

Something to Remember:

It costs more to deliver energy than to use the energy. With solar energy you are producing the energy right where you use the energy, meaning you are reducing the need for miles and miles of wiring/piping and materials needed to get the energy to a home ect., also reducing the impact of damage done to the environment.

Also with Wind Energy there are currently several setbacks, for starters wind towers need to be at least 30-50 feet above all other objects, unless you are dealing with acreage, and they require lots of good energy to produce good energy.

University of Arlington May 2013 Presentation

University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus May 2013

Roughly Costing:  (remember with double everything) (and reinforced solid walls)  $65,000 Without a 30% tax credit currently thru 2015 .56cent Oncor Rebate

Roughly Costing:  $65,000    (remember with double everything) (and reinforced solid walls)
Without a 30% tax credit currently thru 2015
.56cent Oncor Rebate

.Rodney is holding thin films of solar panels sewn into sheets used to power cell phones car batteries ect. Can also be used in flexible situations or creative roofing and sides of buildings and farming facilities.

.Rodney is holding thin films of solar panels sewn into sheets used to power cell phones car batteries ect.
Can also be used in flexible situations or creative roofing and sides of buildings and farming facilities.

Interesting Links Mentioned:

Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”)

http://www.keepingpaceintexas.org/news_detail.aspx?news=3787

Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) is a pro-business, pro-environment, pro-jobs initiative that gives property owners upfront access to affordable long-term financing for qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits and improvements to existing structures on residential, commercial, industrial, or other real property. PACE loans are repaid through special property tax assessments that can be amortized for periods of up to twenty (20) years. If the property is sold before the full amount of the PACE loan is repaid, the repayment obligation automatically transfers to the next owner because the lien securing the tax assessment follows title to the property.

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Data Base for Incentives on Renewable & Efficiency Improvements and Development

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REAE 5319: Commercial Property Acquisition Plan

1910 Pacific Place

REAE 5319: Commercial Property Acquisition Plan

Executive Summary

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1933 Elm , DownTown Dallas, Texas

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1933 Elm , DownTown Dallas, Texas Yesterday – 1889

This blog was created in response to The City of Dallas’  eco concerns in the lack of well situated public parking, attractive and well lit pedestrian walk ways with public open spaces. In addition the market for retail activity in the district is untested after years of decline, residential units should continue to developed to create a critical massive need for retail.

Approximate Location

Approximate Location

Majestic Theater Downtown Dallas Texas

Majestic Theater Downtown Dallas Texas

1933 Elm Downtown Dallas Texas, Today -2003 Began Restoration of Exterior Fascia

1933 Elm Downtown Dallas Texas, Today -2003 Began Restoration of Exterior Fascia

About this building:

  • 52,750 square feet
  • 2 separate builds joined together in 1940
  • 3 Floors with 1 floor occupied
  • 1st floor level – still not finished out
  • and a Basement- connects the 1933 Elm and 1930 Pacific Ave buildings- Not quite finished out
  • Home of the old Hart Furniture store
  • City Center TIF
  • Harwood Street Historic District/ built in 1889

Parking and Transit Access:location 2

The Revitalization Plan:

1st Floor Cafe’ and Grocer – Think Trader Joes:

cafe

grocher

The need:

  • Retail
  • Grocery
  • Late Night Studying
  • Increase in residential population
  • for after hour activity

2nd Floor – Swanky Paws

Pet Spa and Pet Minute Clinic

Pet Spa and Pet Minute Clinic

The Need:

  • The documented demand for market rate housing and retail development the Tiff district has not kept up to pace with the growing residential populations.
  • Provides minor medical care
  • Educate on the special needs in urban environmental or city centers where “concrete rules”
  • For unique pet playgrounds

3rd floor – Office Space

office space

The Need:

  • Potential Income
  • Bringing Professionals Central Business District
  • Keeping up with the tend of Architectural Reuses
  • Building on New Urban-ism

Basement – SpeakEasy

Speak easy

The Need:

  • Rental space for receptions and parties – Potential Income
  • Rental space for artistic workshops and events
  • A relaxing space to wait to for an event at the Majestic Theater

The Upgrades and Savings:

The ultimate goal is to maintain the historic facade and character of the building.  The building was built before air conditioning, so we would not be changing widows, we’ll tent them. We will add high efficiency lighting. The building has high ceilings reducing the need for heavy air conditioning; we will optimize the buildings natural ventilation. We will add high efficiency lighting, understanding the basement will take require the majority of the lighting.

  • Custom 5×5 elevator
  • Cage door keeps the historic spirit of the building
  • allows mobility challenged individuals access to the upper floors
custom elevator

Click the link below to see the diagram and specifics on the elevator upgrade
http://www.universalelevator.com/UEC.Sidewalk.Elevator.Pictures.pdf

  •  Mitigate CO2 levels by use the operative windows and upgraded HVAC Systems
  • Enhancements to the lighting systems, which will also help manage energy usage
  • Integrate the buildings existing card access system with the new BAS Automation System  which will activate lighting and HVAC in an area before arrival
  • This BAS tracks and measures electricity usage, as well as atmospheric conditions in and out side of the building, and will prompt maintenance.
  • Adding energy star rated equipment and appliances including copiers, kitchen equipment, and ext.
  • Tenting windows to increase performance by blocking heat form the ultra pilot rays of the sun
  • reduce water consumption with water efficient  pluming

>>> automatic urinal with 1/2 gallon water per flush

>>>low flow faucet with aerators

>>>coffee stations will also have low flow aerators

>>>the design will be connected to the BAS to notify maintenance of any leaks

The Financing:

Green design has rapidly emerged as virtual requirement in real estate equity financing.  We anticipate recovering some proportion of green-related costs through reduced operating expenses. Also, for Dallas city green construction codes this would be more desirable to commercial tenants.  Likewise, it will demand a markedly higher resale value. 

pricing

Hart Building DCF Analysis V 7.5 3

  • asking price 2.6M
  • Anticipated 870 thousand in renovations and upgrades
  • Loan LTV 80
  • Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) 1.50%
  • Interest 4.0%
  • Amortization 25 Years
  • Term 20 Years
  • Loan Cost 1%
  • Loan Amount 2,776,000 which is 80% of $3,470,000
  • Investor Equity by IBR corp of $694,000

Financial Structure – IBR corp will receive annual year end payments of 250k for 10 years, building sale at the end of the 10th year, at which IBR will receive their initial equity of 694000 plus 50% of the waterfall which would be 593,420.50

The remainder of after tax annual revenue will be between 92980 and 121552, which will go to the team which will also receive 50% of the waterfall at sell equaling 593420.50

This is all based on lowering the rent per square foot form 1570 per square rental, on a Class A building at 90% occupancy