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Claire Matucheski

2013 Green School Challenge

Posted by on 6/5/13 at 09:14am

Are you a green building professional looking for ways to give back to the community? Do you enjoy working with children and want to help them become good stewards of their environments? Then we need YOU! In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program, the USGBC Green Schools Committee is seeking mentors for its 2013-2014 Green Schools Challenge! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Bob, Tenna, and I just returned from Seattle for this year’s Living Future unConference.  It was a fantastic event and we can’t wait to share all the new things we learned there.
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Claire Matucheski

adapting our historic buildings

Posted by on 5/13/13 at 01:24pm

Join the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) on May 21 from 11:30am-1pm at The Center for Architecture at Pearl Brewery for a presentation about San Antonio’s historic buildings as part of the city’s Historic Preservation Month. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

USGBC Chapter Fundraiser

Posted by on 4/29/13 at 08:58am

USGBC, or the United States Green Building Council, of Central Texas is hosting its 2013 chapter fundraiser on May 13th in Austin. Support your local USGBC chapter and enjoy an entertaining and educational evening at the same time! Screen the newly-released documentary Switch, take a building tour of the new ZACH Topfer Theatre (on target for LEED Silver) and share local food and drink with friends and supporters of green building. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

CPS Energy SunCredit Revision

Posted by on 4/22/13 at 10:37am

Coming soon to a solar panel near you, CPS will be revising its current SunCredit paid to customers who generate solar power. Currently CPS Energy pays and average of 9 cents/kWh which will be decreasing to 5.6 cents/kWh on November 1, 2013. The change comes in an attempt to balance the cost burden for infrastructure which is currently heavier on customers without solar. Click to Read More

jennifer young

Designing a West Texas Home

Posted by on 4/22/13 at 08:00am
Kruger Site Plan

A West Texas Ranch [chapter one] This is a story about how Lake|Flato approaches design, with a particular focus on our integrated sustainability practice. Chapter one focuses on the concept phase of our design process for a particular ranch house in west Texas. Stay tuned next month for another installment, where our design continues to develop – and where I will share details of how design and sustainability are intertwined throughout our entire process.  Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

On Saturday April 20th at 8pm COTE (AIA Committee on the Environment) Cinema will be hosting a free screening of the documentary Deep Green at Lambert Beach in Brackenridge Park. The film focuses on possible solutions to global warming rather than simply diagnosing the problem. So hop on a bus, a bike, or a sidewalk, grab some friends, and some lawn chairs and join us at the park! Food and drinks will be available for purchase from some of San Antonio’s mobile vendors. The screening is following a clean-up of the park’s pump house from 10am-12pm. Contact Carlos Cruz carlos@debradockeryarchitects.com if you’re interested in that volunteer opportunity. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

During the initial Sustainability Workshop for the Austin Central Library the consultant and client team visited the future library site to better understand it. On this visit the team noticed an unused water intake pump-house nearby for the now decommissioned Seaholm Electric Plant. The team has re-imagined it into a very large rainwater and condensate cistern for the Library’s irrigation and sanitary conveyance needs.  Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

As many of you know, Lake|Flato has adopted the 2030 Challenge and joined the AIA 2030 Commitment.  We are deeply committed to these programs and oppose any efforts to weaken or repeal the provision in EISA Sec. 433 that requires new and majorly renovated federal buildings to meet incremental targets leading to net-zero energy consumption in 2030.  We urge your groups, colleagues, and friends to sign on to this letter in support of federal 2030 targets. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lakeside Retreat, located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, earned LEED for Homes Certification today!  Sustainable features of the home include healthy alternatives to conventional pest control, efficient framing methods used to reduce wood materials, and an energy reduction of 36% over code. We will post a LEED case study for the project on our website soon with more information on sustainability performance metrics.  Please stay tuned! Click to Read More