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  • Monday, April 20, 2020 2:34 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

    Please read our Spring Newsletter, and you will find information about upcoming events and other exciting news!

    Find out about the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, EarthxVirtual Conferences, and other upcoming events and discussions. 

    Interested in being featured in the next issue? Email to share information about events, news updates, or other announcements. 

  • Monday, August 05, 2019 2:08 PM | Anonymous


    On July 18-20 2019, green building experts from the United States, Turkey, and many other parts of the world gathered at the 4th International Sustainable Building Symposium hosted by Gazi University, Ankara University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, AIA Dallas and the USGBC Texas Chapter. The symposium featured a full schedule of seminars focused on innovative research and building programs. 

    On Thursday July 18, our very own Thom Powell, Vice Chair of the USGBC Texas Chapter North Region, spoke about green building in Texas and provided an overview of Green Building Progress in Dallas Fort Worth. 

    The USGBC Texas Chapter hosted Thursday's keynote session Design Innovation with Purpose. Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk III, co-directors of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, discussed their current research with the Center. This nonprofit focuses on a variety of areas outside of research alone including education and demonstration organization, specializing specifically in life cycle planning and design.

    The USGBC Texas Chapter also showcased the Mobile Experience Center (MEC) educational trailer. This interactive booth allows visitors to walk through the exhibit and view several beneficial features of sustainable homes firsthand.  

    Several components of sustainability were explored in depth throughout each day of the symposium with a variety of presentations and many more speakers. Just a few of these topics included property design, urban ecosystems, renewable energy resources, land-use planning, and many more.

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:15 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)


    Washington, D.C. — (Feb. 4, 2019) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Texas came in at number five on the list, which ranks states based on the number of LEED-certified square feet per person. The growing adoption of LEED across the state propelled Texas into the top five in 2018.

    “Over the past 25 years, the U.S. Green Building Council, its member companies and the green building community have come together to make our planet stronger, greener and more sustainable through LEED,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “These Top 10 states are examples of how we can create lasting, measurable change and improve the quality of life for everyone in our communities. A better future requires a universal living standard that leaves no one behind—and that future would simply not be possible without the extraordinary work being done in these states.”

    The states that made this year’s Top 10 are home to 128 million American and the more than 1,800 buildings that certified in 2018 represent more than 468 million gross square feet of space. Buildings that are LEED-certified create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families, businesses and taxpayers.

    “Congratulations to all of our dedicated TEXAS organizations, who value so greatly the principles of LEED, SITES, PEER, et al.” said Scott Gerhardt, USGBC Texas Board Chair. “Congratulations especially to all of our TEXAS GBCI professionals and our USGBC Texas volunteers on this monumental achievement!”

    Texas certified 277 green buildings in 2018, representing 3.52 gross square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. Notable projects that certified in Texas in 2018 include:

    Sea Star Base Galveston, LEED Platinum, a seaside facility designed to teach people of all ages, especially children, different tasks and skills in boating or water activities, while promoting environmental stewardship of the ocean;

    Austin Animal Center Kennel Addition, LEED Silver, which expands upon the existing LEED Gold “No Kill” animal center to meet the community’s growing pet adoption needs, and provides an additional 44 kennel spaces, as well as play yards and adoption rooms;

    Milby High School, LEED Silver, one of the first public high schools ever constructed in Houston, which maintained the original 1926 building structure during renovations, but incorporated modern and innovative design tactics to enhance students’ learning environments; and

    NASA Human Health & Performance Laboratory, LEED Silver, which is a human health and environmental sciences laboratory, think tank, inventors’ workshop, and outreach center designed to study human life on earth and in space.

    “We’re proud that Texas has made it back into the Top 10 States list for 2018. We’ve done a lot to advance green building across the state, and are gearing up for another busy year to build upon our success and keep raising the bar for LEED in Texas,” said Rhiannon Jacobsen, vice president of strategic relationships at USGBC. “We hope that with LEED v4.1, the expertise of builders and developers, and the dedication of our USGBC members, we can continue to lead the growth of green building in the country in the coming year.”

    “We’ve worked hard in Texas to make LEED and green buildings as accessible as possible for our communities, our local policymakers and our citizens,“ said Jonathan Kraatz, executive director of the USGBC Texas Chapter.

    Now in its ninth year, the 2018 Top 10 States for LEED list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that earned LEED certification in 2018. The full rankings are as follows:

    2018 Top 10 States for LEED

    Rank  State  Gross Square
    Footage (GSF) 
    GSF Per
     Number of
     1  IL* 68,133,942 5.31 172
     2  MA* 34,718,212 5.3 122
     3  WA 28,555,753 4.25 137
     4  NY* 72,881,287 3.76 214
     5  TX 88,404,993
    3.52 277 
     6  CO* 17,042,295
    3.39 114
     7  HI* 4,504,287
     8  VA* 25,348,631
    3.17 136
     9  CA* 112,388,968
     10  MD* 16,869,680
     2.92 113
     **  DC 37,147,538 61.74

    * Included in 2017 Top 10 States for LEED list
    ** Washington, D.C. is not ranked as it is a federal district, not a state

    USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures to allow for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings. In the U.S., 2,886 commercial projects certified in 2018. Globally, there are currently more than 96,275 registered and certified LEED projects in 167 countries and regions around the world.

    Recently, USGBC introduced LEED v4.1, the latest update to the rating system, and released beta versions for existing buildings (LEED v4.1 O+M), new construction (LEED v4.1 BD+C) and interiors (LEED v4.1 ID+C). LEED v4.1 emphasizes human health and integrates performance metrics using Arc to encourage ongoing tracking. Recent research shows green building will continue growing through 2021. Client demand remains the top reason to build green in the U.S. and occupant health and well-being emerged as the top social factor. Through LEED, USGBC pushes the market toward higher performing buildings that also improve quality of life.

    The impact of buildings, cities and communities on people continues to be a priority for USGBC and across industries. In an effort to expand USGBC’s global green building efforts and ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard, but also the pre-eminent living standard, USGBC launched the Living Standard campaign at 2018’s Greenbuild in Chicago. Focused on the belief that storytelling can lead to a more sustainable world, the campaign aims to highlight stories – big and small – that capture how USGBC, LEED and other sustainability programs are raising the quality of life for people around the world. By visiting, individuals and companies can join the campaign and submit stories.


  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:29 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

    The U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter (USGBC Texas) recently held its annual election to fill leadership positions in each of the Chapter’s five regions.

    “I am excited about this year’s group of leaders elected across the state,” said Scott Gerhardt, chair of the USGBC Texas statewide board of directors.  “They represent many sectors of our industry and bring a lot of energy and expertise to helping the Chapter meet our mission.”

    USGBC Texas is a 501c(3) organization dedicated to green building in the state of Texas. It is the only nonprofit green building coalition in Texas that fosters the advancement of sustainability and green building to promote healthy buildings, people, and communities.

    Transform the way buildings, homes, and communities are designed, built, maintained, and operated in Texas through outreach, education, advocacy, and partnerships, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life in Texas.

    USGBC Texas comprises diverse stakeholders, including building industry professionals, educators, lawmakers, and community members. From our partnerships with industry and trade associations to our networking and educational events, we connect them in conversations about real solutions.

    In each of the Chapter’s five regions, the Regional Council members – along with the statewide board of directors – set the direction for the Chapter’s day-to-day advocacy, outreach, and education programs.  To get involved with your local region and some of the 100+ events across Texas each year, please visit the Chapter’s volunteer page:

    The 2019 Regional Councils for USGBC Texas:
    (newly elected or reelected members in bold)

    Central Texas Region

    Shaun Auckland, Travis County
    Michelle Bale, Alchemy Builders
    Cliff Braddock , METCO Engineering
    Andrew Clements, GSC Architects
    Bonny Gray, GSC Architects
    Elizabeth Greenwood, Texas Solar Power Association
    Kathryn Johansen, Interceramic
    Ekta Khuller, STG Architects
    Esther Rollins, Interceramic
    Lisa Storer, Benz Resource Group
    Allison Wilson, Ayers Saint Gross

    Gulf Coast Region

    Marina Badoian Kriticos, HARC
    Thomas Brents, Rice University
    Sean Green, Command Commissioning
    Wendy Heger, Page

    Caroline Kostak, RePurpose Depot
    Lisa Lin, Rice University
    E. Violet Mak, VAEarth
    Tim Murray, EYP Architects & Engineers
    Maria Perez, Gensler
    Jamie Rogers, Paige 6 Imaging & Consulting
    Megan Saunders, Maximum Sustainable Value
    Stacy Shutts, NASA
    Nelson Spitz, Enterprise Realty Group
    Amanda Tullos, GreeNexus Consulting
    Kapil Upadhyaya, Kirksey

    North Texas Region

    Debby Moore Baker, Moore Disposal & Recycling
    Mike Brown, Beck Group
    Mary Dickinson, Perkins + Will
    Katie Diedrich, Turner Construction
    Susan Flanagan, Solatube
    Sylvia Golisano, Granite Properties
    Draoun Johns, WDG Architecture – Dallas

    Brandon Kenney, University of Dallas
    Norma Lehman, Beck Group
    Tricia Loe, Sustainable Concepts
    Anthony Martin, Trane
    Marc Migliazzo, EIS Lighting
    James Ware, James Ware Architect

    South Texas Region

    Michael Britt, Lake|Flato
    Mario Bravo, Environmental Defense Fund

    Jackie Chang, DBR Engineers
    James Eckart, Ward, Getz + Associates
    Juan Fernandez, CVF Homes
    Adam W. Gates, Adam Word Gates Architect
    Larry Graf, DRG Architects/G5 Homes
    Meredith Miller, Eco Centro – Alamo Colleges
    Sandra Montalbo, Overland Partners
    Sam Poland, DHR Architects

    West Texas Region

    Lauren Baldwin, Creosote Collaborative
    Javier Camacho, El Paso Electric
    Jenny Hernandez, City of El Paso
    Andrea Zamora Kerr, Alzheimer’s Association
    Robert Palacios, Borderplex Alliance
    Alexandra Riccillo, Quantum Engineering
    Joe Riccillo, Sundt

  • Sunday, November 04, 2018 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    The Austin Green Awards is a program that recognizes accomplishments in sustainable design and innovation. On October 24th, the Austin Green Awards Celebration announced eight Awardees of the 2018 Austin Green Awards: 
    1. Project of the Year: Austin Central Library, submitted by Lake | Flato Architects; Owner: City of Austin.
    2. Blue Hole Regional Park, submitted by Design Workshop; Owner: City of Wimberley. 
    3. Lost Pines Art Center, submitted by Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture; Owner: Lost Pines Art League.
    4. Oracle Waterfront Campus, submitted by STG Design, Inc.; Owner: Oracle.
    5. B-Austin Community Project, submitted by Clark|Richardson Architects.; Owner: SAMdorosa Communities, LLC. 
    6. Net Zero Retreat, submitted by Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture.; Owner: Louisa and Joel Thollander.
    7. Sustainable Food Center, submitted by Dick Clark + Associates.; Owner: Sustainable Food Center. 
    8. Alligator Creek Prairie Preserve, submitted by Forsite Studio.; Owner: Nancy Webber.
    For more information, check out Austin Green Awards!

  • Sunday, November 04, 2018 9:01 PM | Anonymous

    GSC Architects ( has generously hosted the USGBC Central Texas office for eight years. This October the firm celebrated their 40th anniversary. Established in 1978 as Graeber, Simmons & Cowan, GSC has always been a committed member of the Central Texas community. The firm is particularly known for work on high-tech and education projects, with a definite emphasis on designing and sustainable buildingUSGBC Texas chair Scott Gerhardt, Board member Jane Baxter Lynn, and Central Texas region co-chair Lisa Storer attended the party, which was held at 410 Congress. Originally the Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph building, 410 Congress was completely redesigned in a creative way.

    Check out the celebration for yourself!

  • Sunday, November 04, 2018 8:08 PM | Anonymous

    Author: Laura McDonald Stewart, RID, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP - METROCON Show Manager

    If you were not at Dallas Market Hall on August 9 & 10, then you missed out on an amazing opportunity to learn from and connect with 2,200+ members of the built environment representing 1,065 companies.

    The event, which is the largest not-for-profit, self-produced, volunteer-driven, design specification-focused regional expo and conference in the USA, celebrated 16 years of industry collaboration and attracted 55 event sponsors, more than any other year in the event’s history.

    For the second year in a row, the USGBC Texas Chapter joined forces with four other associations to plan and execute a more expansive event for members and beyond: (in alphabetical order) ASID Texas Chapter, ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, CSI Dallas Chapter, and NEWH Dallas Chapter.

    METROCON18 showcased 160 Exhibitors representing 211 manufacturers, service providers, and organizations representing all practice areas and market segments, and it attracted interior designers, architects, specifiers, facility managers, students, and a myriad of other essential design industry members from Texas, Oklahoma, and 22 other states across the USA. 


    METROCON18 brought together interior designers, architects, facility managers, students, and a myriad of other essential design industry members representing 1,065 companies.


    This year’s conference delivered 51 hours of premium programming on timely topics presented by 62 industry experts. Offerings included two Seminars, two Student Programs, five tours, a Keynote that doubled as a CEU, and 40 other continuing education courses. All CEUs were IDCEC-approved and qualified as CEPHs to meet requirements for Registered Interior Designers and Architects for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, and many also were approved by AIA, EDAC, and GBCI.

    Keynote Address: Sustainability champion Steve Glenn delivered the keynote address. An über entrepreneur, he is the Founder & Managing Director of LivingHomes and the CEO of Plant Prefab, companies that work together to design and develop modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. Glenn discussed the opportunities and challenges of prefabrication and the strategies he uses to create LEED Platinum level homes for all strata of society.

    Keynote Speaker Steve Glenn of LivingHomes and Plant Prefab spoke about his commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.

    Continuing Education: Although many CEUs received rave reviews, two courses that proved popular with this year’s audience were:

    • “Dare to Strive for Market Transformation: The Future of Material Health & Transparency” presented by Mary Dickinson, RID, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C, a Regional Sustainable Design Leader and Co-Director of the Perkins+Will Material Performance Lab.
    • “2018 IBC: Important Changes to Come!” presented by Warren Bonisch, P.E., an Associate Principal of Fire Protection w/ WJE Fire Protection.


    The planning Committee wholeheartedly thanks Landmark Sponsor Dallas Market Center, Media Sponsor Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, and the 53 other METROCON18 Sponsors, as well as all of this year’s Exhibitors, for their incredible support. Some Exhibitors stood out among the rest. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Pegasus Exhibitor Awards!

    • Best of the Best Award – WAC Lighting / Modern Forms
    • Lean & Green Award – Urban Woods Company
    • Allstar Award – TreeHouse / Dunn Edwards
    • Sizzle Award – Empressive GeoDesigns
    • Instagram-Worthy Award – LDF Silk
    • Mission Award – ASID Texas / ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapters

    Keynote Speaker Steve Glenn of LivingHomes and Plant Prefab spoke about his commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.


    From a more open trade show floor plan with expanded visibility to an altered show schedule to benefit both attendees and exhibitors, METROCON implemented many new ideas based on last year’s post-show survey feedback.

    Design Charrette: We hosted our first charrette at this year’s event. We reached out to regional interior design and architecture programs, asking them to nominate up to four students to participate in this invitation-only opportunity. Three teams were recognized, with each member of the 1st Place team receiving a $250 Gift Card for school supplies. Congratulations to the winning team [Team 4] made up of the following students:

    • Allison Ray – El Centro College
    • Beatriz Perez – Texas State University
    • Shane Smith – University of North Texas

    Team 4 representing El Centro College, Texas State University, and the University of North Texas won 1st Place in METROCON’s inaugural Design Charrette.

    Community Involvement: As this is the Year of the Dog, it inspired us to work with non-profit organization Straydog, a no-kill dog shelter and sanctuary in the Dallas area. Their primary mission was to raise awareness about the important work they do and encourage the adoption of dogs looking for safe and loving homes. However, we were happy to help them with their second mission: seeking resources to construct a new building to serve dogs in need. (This new collaboration got the attention of Dallas television channel The CW33, who joined us the first day of the show and ran a short segment on their 9:00 PM news hour that evening.) If you are interested in donating services, time, products and/or money to help Straydog’s cause, contact them directly through their website,


    Mark your calendar now: METROCON19 Expo & Conference will take place in Dallas on August 8 & 9, 2019. Visit to find links to view photos and statistics from this year’s show and to sign up to receive notifications to stay informed about attending, presenting, sponsoring, and exhibiting at next year’s event!

  • Friday, June 01, 2018 3:05 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

    METROCON18 Registration Open

    USGBC Texas is again partnering with ASID Texas, ASID Texas Gulf Coast, CSI Dallas, and NEWH Dallas Chapters to bring our region’s built environment community together for education, collaboration, resources and networking.

    This year’s event offers 41 HSW CE Courses, all of which are IDCEC approved, with 10 EDAC approved, 13 GBCI approved, and 17 AIA approved. Topics include “The Energy & WELLness Nexus” presented by Michael Brown, E.I.T., C.E.M., LEED AP BD+C, “The 10-Year Journey of a Sustainable Home from Dreams to Reality” presented by Alfred Vidaurri Jr., FAIA, NCARB, AICP, LEED BD+C, and “Incorporating Health and Wellness Into Our Design Projects” presented by Chris Mundell, LEED Fellow, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C & Denise Bates, RID, IIDA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C.

    Don’t miss the Keynote Address “High Design, Low Impact: Building LivingHomes” presented by Steve Glenn, the CEO of Plant Prefab, Inc. and the Founder & Managing Director of LivingHomes, a designer and developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first residence ever to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum rating.

    Attendee registration is now open, and USGBC Members may take an unlimited amount of continuing education for only $75, adding the Keynote for just $20. Anyone may attend the trade show at no cost as long as they register online by August 3rd.

    Exhibit booths are still available for purchase.

    Find out more about attending, exhibiting, and registering at

  • Monday, April 09, 2018 12:35 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

    EARTHx 2018
    FRIDAY, APRIL 20-22, 2018
    Fair Park, 1121 First Ave, Dallas, Texas

    About EARTHx
    This three-day free event is held in April to celebrate progress, hope, and innovation and is the largest event in the world of its kind. EARTHx, formerly Earth Day Texas, brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts along with live music and sustainable beer and food pavilions. EARTHx creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought and experiential learning while encouraging attendees to be the change they wish to see in the world. 

    USGBC Texas is searching for several volunteers to help us staff the Mobile Experience Center and assist attendees through the walkthrough, answer any questions, and collect information. The event shifts are 3 hours long beginning at 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM, with the goal of having 4 volunteers per shift. This is a great opportunity for students to receive an introduction into green building, our members to give back to the Chapter, or anyone looking to get involved this Earth Day. We want to inspire, educate, activate, connect, and create demand and jobs for green building and sustainable living.  By providing clear,  concise, and objective information to the community, we hope to convey the many benefits of building, retrofitting, operating, and living sustainably. From easy, no cost steps for making your home healthier and high performing to full blown net zero and learning about green infrastructure throughout Texas, there is something for everyone!

    Volunteer HERE.

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