Houston Offers an Earth Day Preview of the new Green Building Center

The City of Houston is using Earth Day to offer you a preview of a new one stop shop for building green. Rod Rice reports, you can visit the Code Enforcement Green Building Resource Center until seven this evening.

It's at 3300 Main Street and doesn't officially open until May 4th.  Steve Steltzer is the Green Building Resource Center's Program Director.  He says the center is housed within an older building and was made using green materials.

"It's an area for the pubic to come in and learn about both residential and commercial ways to construct their building, to consume less energy, be healthier, conserve water."

Steltzer says he can offer information for projects that run from a home remodeling job to a new construction from the ground up.

"The public can come in with some preliminary plans so that I can take a look at them and give them suggestions for greening up their project."

There are so many new green products and processes that Sheila Blake says people who want to build green are overwhelmed. Blake is the city's Assistant Director for the Code Enforcement branch and says demystifying the process is the city's goal.

"They wanted to give people who are just new to it an introduction to this is what green building means, these are the things to look for.  One of the things that Steve has done, he's labeled many of the displays and materials according to the various standards so that people can get straight information."

The Green Building Resource Center has working green displays and once opened will offer classes on green building.

For more information visit the U.S. Green Building Council-Greater Houston Area web site or download the PDF.





The PDF is where the images are derived from.

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