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Heather Gayle Holdridge

2014 LEED Fellows Announced

Posted by on 10/6/14 at 03:12pm

This year’s class of LEED Fellows was announced last week by the U.S. Green Building Council.  Lake|Flato congratulates all 48 Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as for their significant achievements among LEED Professionals.  Way to go! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Build San Antonio Green’s (BSAG) annual home tour is taking place this Saturday!  Tickets are on sale at on BSAG’s tour site for $15/person.  I have had the opportunity to attend the tour in the past and it is always a good time.  It is self-paced and includes some really interesting projects in some of San Antonio’s coolest neighborhoods.  I hope to see you there! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

One of the most challenging requirements of the Living Building Challenge is the Red List.  The Red List is a list of commonly used construction materials that cannot be used in Living Building Challenge projects due to health/toxicity concerns. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Mitsubish Electric has produced a video on Lake|Flato’s Hacienda Ja Ja.  The video is a brief case study on the project featuring a testimonial from the homeowner. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lake|Flato’s Tenna Florian and Corey Squire will be presenting Josey Pavilion in a session titled “The Living Building Challenge — Texas Case Studies” at the Texas Society of Architects’ annual convention this November in Houston.  You can pre-register now for the event on TxA’s convention website.  We hope to see you there!
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Corey Squire

The ultimate test – actual energy use

Posted by on 7/11/14 at 01:45pm

One of the biggest challenges in architectural design today is to predict energy consumption in the final project. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

SITES v2 Launched

Posted by on 7/8/14 at 12:11pm

After several years of testing, the Sustainable Sites Initiative‘s SITES rating system for landscape design is now available for widespread use. The voluntary rating system is modeled after LEED, and rates the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of sites and landscapes. We are working on our first project under (an earlier version of) this program at the University of Texas at El Paso, pictured in a rendering above.  The SITES rating system has proven to be a great fit for our projects that have a greater focus on the sustainability and performance of the site and landscape.
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Heather Gayle Holdridge

Resilience has become a popular topic in green building over the past few years, especially in the wake of recent natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy.  The Resilient Design Institute (RDI) was recently formed by a group of dedicated professionals with long
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Heather Gayle Holdridge

Green Schools Challenge

Posted by on 4/15/14 at 04:37pm

You may recall that a group of Lake|Flatonians have been working with 4th and 5th graders at Hawthorne Academy make their school campus more sustainable as part of the Green Schools Challenge competition hosted by the local USGBC chapter. The students worked with us to conduct an audit of their school campus and were most interested in the biodiversity index they calculated.  They decided to build a garden to attract birds, bees, and butterflies, increasing both plant and wildlife diversity at their school. We learned yesterday morning that our team took 1st place in San Antonio for this submission!  Thanks to the students, parents, and Hawthorne Academy faculty who participated to create this fun opportunity for the students to improve their school.  You can read the official press release for more information on the program. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

More Transparency

Posted by on 3/13/14 at 04:14pm

Jennifer Young wrote a post on transparency in the built environment just over a year ago, and we’ve seen the enthusiasm and resources available around this topic really emerge since then. Click to Read More