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Robert Lingo

This past week in San Antonio was an unusually rainy one, leaving our typically overloaded bike racks here in the L|F office feeling a bit lonely.  Despite the inclement weather, many LFer’s held strong, covered up, and hit the streets – without having to hit the pump.  It is, after all, a hard lifestyle to give up once you give it a go. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

The banishing of the bag

Posted by on 7/16/13 at 09:41pm

On March 1st of this year the Austin joined the growing list of cities around the world banning plastic shopping bags. Our northern neighbor has many in San Antonio thinking it’s time for us to follow suit. It is estimated that 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the U.S. each year which is just over 310 per person per year according to the Worldwatch Institute. This many bags require about 12 million barrels of oil. They are also a huge source of litter especially in coastal areas where marine life can mistake the bags for food and suffocate. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

LEED AP Accreditation Challenge

Posted by on 7/9/13 at 01:44pm

Last week the USGBC voted to approve the new LEED v4 rating system and with it, new LEED AP accreditation Exams. We don’t know how much longer the current LEED 2009 exams will be available and this uncertainty has generated a lot of interest to earning credentials before the switch to LEED v4. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

north texas sustainable showcase

Posted by on 7/8/13 at 01:18pm

We at Lake|Flato are proud to announce that our very own Bob Harris, FAIA and LEED Fellow, will be the keynote speaker at the North Texas Sustainable Showcase in Dallas this Thursday, July 11th. The event will focus on the importance of indoor air quality which has major impacts on occupant comfort, productivity, and health. While we often hear about outdoor air pollution (which is still very important of course), the conversation on indoor air pollution is just beginning to pick up speed which is critical because Americans spend, on average, 90% of their time in buildings (epa.gov). Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

Wednesday July 10th, winners will be announced for the San Antonio Low-Impact Development Design Competition with an awards dinner at the Pearl Stable. This competition, hosted by the San Antonio Land/Water Sustainability Forum, serves to draw attention to low-impact development solutions in our hometown, where the population is expected to double by 2050. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

On August 1st AIA San Antonio will be presenting the 3rd Annual Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon. Chaired by Lake|Flato’s own Tenna Florian at Lake|Flato’s own Briscoe Western Art Museum. The subject of the luncheon will be Architecture 2030: The Rise of 2030 Districts. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

What Makes A Winner

Posted by on 6/19/13 at 07:29pm

In case you haven’t heard yet, back in April 2013 our very own Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse was awarded an AIA COTE Top Ten Award. The award is given by the American Institute of Architects to the top ten most sustainable projects across the country. We’re certainly very proud to be on the list beside so many names we admire. There was an especially interesting post in Gizmodo about what elements set each winner apart. Some of these elements included Living Machines, 100% on site renewable energy production, energy meters in every classroom, or in our case it was “energy surfing”. Yeah, that’s right, surfing in San Antonio. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

LEED Earth Campaign

Posted by on 6/10/13 at 10:13am

In an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building program, announced last week a new campaign offering free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in the 114 countries where LEED has yet to take root. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

Tomorrow the Center City Development Office, sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, will be hosting a half-day workshop for developers, design professionals, and real estate attorneys interested in developing and facilitating development in the center city. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

Travis Park Redevelopment Survey

Posted by on 6/5/13 at 10:45am

The City of San Antonio’s Center City Development Office has engaged Project for Public Spaces Inc. (PPS) to assist the City of San Antonio, the community, and area stakeholders in creating a concept plan for Travis Park. Initial meetings were held in March 2013 and PPS returned in May 2013 to present a proposed concept plan. You can help this important project move forward with your response to a quick survey by June 7th. Click to Read More