Awarded LEED GOLD for Existing Buildings | November 2011
The Convention Center established reduction targets, outlined a plan to monitor progression, and introduced a financial investment in energy saving. Staff education is available through energy audit training, allowing employees to learn about potential sustainability improvements for their own homes as well. The Convention Center also implemented a climate change action plan and carbon footprint reduction plan to continuously improve energy performance standards.
The City of Austin has long-term goals for potable water reduction. Buildings such as the Convention Center set precedent in reaching these goals. Low-flow, water-efficient systems are replaced existing kitchen, lavatory, toilet, and urinal fixtures. Reducing potable water also reduces energy used to treat water supply in domestic water heating.
The Convention Center is committed to continuously divert at least 50% of the total waste stream. The Convention Center also diverts at least 95% of all batteries and fluorescent light bulbs from the landfill. Continuously improving beyond target goals of waste diversion also reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with occupancy waste.
The Convention Center committed to using sustainable purchasing guidelines for at least 50% of all office materials. Sustainable products such as interior paint is not just an environmentally responsible decision, but it also improves the indoor air quality. Sustainable cleaning products are healthier alternatives for staff and occupants.
There are 6 Capital Metro lines within 1/4 mile of the building.
Strategies of promoting alternative methods of travel are important design decisions to incorporate into each project because these strategies reduce the carbon emissions associated with vehicular commutes. The Convention Center reduces vehicular carbon emissions by installing alternative fuel charging spaces and bicycle stalls, promoting carpool and telecommute programs, and locating the center within walking distance of Capital Metro routes.
Zones of occupancy controls maximize comfort rates for daily users. Indoor environmental comfort also increases the productivity rate of full-time employees. Low environmental impact policies further improve the indoor air quality of a building.