Awarded LEED SILVER for New Construction | August 2006
Selective use of air conditioning: Work room and visitation room are conditioned, while kennel spaces use fans to moderate temperature.
The design uses energy saving strategies mentioned below to obtain a reduction in energy costs annually.
Recycling is a major way to reduce construction waste. 100% of on-site asphalt was reused in this project. A primary goal was that at least 75% of the "waste" materials produced shall be reused or recycled in order to minimize construction waste in landfills. Upon generation of waste, there will be designated dumpsters on the construction site with signs for respective materials to be received and recycled.
Regional materials are an important component to reducing a building's carbon footprint. 29% of the materials used to build the kennel addition at Austin Animal Center consist of regional materials, which reduce transportation costs and subsequently carbon emissions. Furthermore, 16% of the cost to build the kennel addition uses recycled materials.
Austin Animal Center is located due east of downtown, conveniently located on the intersection of Airport Boulevard and HWY 183. Three bus routes serve the nearby areas.
is located in a high traffic area in the heart of the city with many pedestrian friendly points of access. The projects 65 bicycle stalls and vicinity to public transportation both promote alternative methods of travel.
There are 3 Capital Metro lines within 1/4 mile of the building.
3 out of 4 credits for Low-Emitting Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content
Reduction of volatile organic compounds in all categories of indoor material use is an important aspect to improving the experience of the occupants. Deck-to-deck partitions between chemical usage areas further maintain indoor air quality, and zones of occupancy controls maximize thermal comfort rates for daily users.
A Closer Look at VOC Content