MUNICIPAL LEED Buildings
Why green buildings?
At the Office of the City Architect, our goal is to promote and implement sustainability rating systems that compliment green building efforts
, expand sustainable networks
, and improve green infrastructure
in accordance with the goals of the City of Austin. By designing and planning for the future, we are able to improve the environment of our home here in Austin, Texas. Each project links to the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan
by reducing energy
, traffic emissions
, as well as improving indoor air quality
how are we doing?
The results shown here is the effort of the Office of the City Architect to present the benefits of LEED certified buildings. The information is extracted from LEED submissions from building teams. Material information is from manufacturer's declarations and documentation from the builder.
CURRENT LEED BUILDING PORTFOLIO
certified LEED Municipal Projects: 32 | certification in progress: 18
As of october 2019
Mexican American Cultural Center
Carver Museum & Cultural Center
Austin Energy Control/Admin Center
Palmer Events Center
McBeth Recreation Center Annex
Public Safety Training Facility
Asian American Resource Center
Austin Resource Center for the Homeless
Circle C Fire EMS
Morris Williams Pro Shop
Combined Trans EMS & Comm Center
Town Lake Center 5th Fl Renovation
Turner Roberts Recreation Center
TRRC Building Pavilion
ABIA East Terminal Infill
Austin Animal Center Kennel Addition
Austin Shelter for Women and Children
African American Cultural Heritage
EMS Station #33
Avery Ranch Fire & EMS
Gus Garcia Recreation Center
North West Recreation Center
Austin Animal Center
Austin Energy System Control Center
Austin Convention Center
City Hall 10-1 Renovations
Far Southeast EMS#28
WTP4 Admin Building
Building Performance Reports
Environmental Impact of Municipal LEED Buildings
As of September 2019
In the course of a year, all the certified buildings are calculated to achieve:
A reduction of 20,646 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year due to energy savings
A reduction of 22,012 metric tons of CO2 emissions by diverting materials from the landfill
A reduction of 1,154 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year due to alternative methods of travel
A reduction of 21,938 kGal of potable water use per year due to water savings
where are these projects located?
Towards a sustainable future
The City of Austin is recognized as an international leader in green building practices and continues to achieve the highest optimal outcomes for sustainability of municipal projects. COUNCIL RESOLUTION 20071129-045
requires that many building projects must attain a minimum of the Silver LEED building certification
LEED ensures that buildings are designed and constructed to sustainable standards. LEED certification ends at time of occupancy. ARC takes the next step: Tracking building performance throughout occupancy by recording five sustainable aspects of operational use.
The Office of the City Architect's intent moving forward is to use ARC monitoring to inform operational use. Such action will benefit the city's understanding of high-performance buildings in sustainability.
Other Rating Systems
Sustainable efforts can be measured through various other rating systems, and the City of Austin strives to use these systems when applicable.