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Austin Convention Center - LEED Profile

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A LEED Performance Report on the sustainable design and construction of the City of Austin's Convention Center

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Austin Convention Center - LEED Profile

  1. 1. Austin Convention Center LEED Performance Report BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT
  2. 2. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The following Performance Reports were created in accordance with Council Resolution 20071129-045. The City of Austin is a recognized international leader in sustainable building practices in which municipal building strive to conserve energy, water, and other natural resources while promoting human health and safety. The holistic approach to architecture creates high-quality and enduring structures that enhance the economic value and reduce the lifecycle costs of a building. Design and construction of buildings are driven by the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines and promote these goals. The following reports provide information about municipal buildings, highlight LEED credentials, and promote sustainable building achievements. City of Austin Office of the City Architect Peter Davis, AIA, LEED AP Peter.Davis@austintexas.gov Theresa Cascio Silvia Calderon Laiton Angela Cai 2018
  3. 3. REDUCES ENERGY CONSUMPTION REDUCES POTABLE WATER USE DIVERTS MATERIALS FROM LANDFILL PROMOTES ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVES INDOOR EXPERIENCE IACP pg. 191 IACP pg. 11 IACP pg. 53 IACP pg. 187 IACP pg. 205 The following can be found in The IMAGINE AUSTIN Comprehensive Plan (IACP)
  4. 4. AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701 LEEDv2.0 O+M: Existing Buildings AWARDED LEED GOLD NOV 2011 PAGE SOUTHERLAND PAGE The Austin Convention Center (ACC) is the first convention center in Austin, Texas to achieve LEED Gold certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system. ACC is conveniently located in the heart of Austin, Texas' capital, in the downtown area between the shores of Lady Bird Lake and the historic District Sixth Street. It provides visitor access to a variety of entertainment and cultural options within walking distance. Constructed in 1992 and expanded in 2002, the convention center stretches over six city blocks and 881,400 gross square feet. It offers 370,957 square feet of meeting space, including 246,097 square feet of column-free exhibit space divisible into five contiguous halls. Ballrooms of all sizes are included in meeting package options. The facility is occupied 365 days a year with 159 full-time employees and approximately 300,000 visitors per year. The LEED project site consisted of the four-story convention center, the ten-story Brazos Street parking garage, and a stormwater detention/biological wet pond for a total of 15.83 acres. The building blocks created by LEED certification of the Austin Convention Center will assist ACC in meeting the goals of the Austin Climate Protection Plan and the Austin Resource Recovery's Zero Waste Plan. In addition, this significant achievement provides a road map for other City departments to pursue LEED certification under the Existing Buildings rating system.
  5. 5. Emissions and cost are reduced by decreasing energy use through improved design. Emissions are further eliminated by contracting 100% of the building’s energy to a renewable source. REDUCES ENERGY CONSUMPTION 1 2 3 Staff education is available through energy audit training, allowing employees to learn about potential sustainability improvements The Convention Center implemented a climate change action plan and carbon footprint reduction plan to continuously improve energy performance The Convention Center established GHG reduction targets, outlined a plan to monitor progression, and introduced a financial investment in energy saving Compared to other convention centers: 9,746Metric tons of GHG emissions 1,052 Energy consumed by Per year Acres of forest11,479 Carbon sequestered by This annual savings is equivalent to: 959 Times Driving around Earth 100%RENEWABLE ENERGY USE 26%REDUCTION ENERGY USE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701 LEED GOLD 2011 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT District Chilled Water: 3,170,235 ton hours Total Energy Use Electricity Provided by Austin Energy: 9,902,000 kWh Natural Gas: 12,437,917 kBtu STRATEGIES:
  6. 6. REDUCES POTABLE WATER USE 1 2 3 Reducing potable water also reduces energy used to treat water supply and in domestic water heating The City of Austin has long-term goals for potable water reduction. Buildings such as the Convention Center set precedent in reaching these goals Low-flow, water-efficient systems used for kitchen, lavatory, toilet, and urinal fixtures ACC saves an average of 1,590 gallons of water per day! Per year1,570 Drinking water for 15 Average sized swimming pools 7,063 Bathtubs This annual savings is equivalent to: 282.5kGal of water 38%REDUCTION INDOOR POTABLE WATER USE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701 LEED GOLD 2011 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT STRATEGIES:
  7. 7. DIVERTS MATERIALS FROM LANDFILL 1 2 3 The Convention Center is committed to continually divert at least 50% of total waste stream The Convention Center also diverts at least 95% of all batteries and fluorescent light bulbs from the landfill Continuously improving beyond target goals of waste diversion also reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with occupancy waste This savings is equivalent to: 983Metric tons of GHG emissions 106 Energy consumed by Per year Garbage trucks49 Times Driving around Earth 97 63%REDUCTION LANDFILL WASTE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701 LEED GOLD 2011 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT STRATEGIES: Wood 58% 29% Paper 8% Metal 5% Other A CLOSER LOOK AT DIVERTED WASTE:
  8. 8. REDUCE AND REUSE OF MATERIALS 1 2 3 The Convention Center committed to using sustainable purchasing guidelines for at least 50% of all office materials Sustainable cleaning products are healthier alternatives for staff and occupants Sustainable products such as interior paint is not just an environmentally responsible decision, but it also improves the indoor air quality. 100%SUSTAINABLE IAQ COMPLIANT PRODUCT PURCHASES 100%SUSTAINABLE CLEANING PRODUCT PURCHASES AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701 LEED GOLD 2011 Total Office Material Purchases: $29,850 97% Sustainable Purchases: $29,093 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT STRATEGIES:
  9. 9. PROMOTES ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION 1 2 3 131 bike stalls available for the 159 full-time employees 30 alternative fueling stations are reserved for 3% of the available parking spaces 42 of the 159 full-time employees committed to a carpooling program, saving over 14,000 miles of commuting per week What about shared transportation? There are 6 Capital Metro lines within ¼ mile of the building. AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701 LEED GOLD 2011 131 30 = Alternative transportation includes: 734,136 + = 587,650Alternative fuel charging spaces Bicycle stalls Miles of commuting per year Miles of commuting per year This savings is equivalent to: Metric tons of CO2 emissions539 42Carpool & telecommute participants Bicycle Stalls: 131 82% of Users have Access to Bicycle Stalls Total Full-time Employees: 159 26% of Users are Participating In Carpool/Telecommute Carpool/ Telecommute: 42 3% of Parking Reserved for Alternative Transportation Total Parking Spaces: 991 Alternative Fuel Charging Spaces: 30 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT STRATEGIES:
  10. 10. ENTRYWAY SYSTEMS IMPROVES INDOOR EXPERIENCE 1 2 3 Low environmental impact policies improve the indoor air quality of a building Zones of occupancy controls maximize thermal comfort rate for daily users Indoor environmental comfort increases productivity rate of full-time employees LOW IMPACT CLEANING POLICY LOW IMPACT PEST CONTROL 3 OUT OF 5 GREEN CLEANING CREDITS RECEIVED 2011: 4.4% 2007: 10.65% PRODUCTIVITY IMPACTS: Decreasing Staff Turnover Rate 93%INDIVIDUAL WORK SPACES WITH LIGHTING CONTROLS AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701 LEED GOLD 2011 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT STRATEGIES:
  11. 11. RESOURCES Leedatx.com USGBC Website usgbc.org/leed Project Profile usgbc.org/projects/austin-convention-center-dept Imagine Austin Imagine Austin Vision austintexas.gov/department/imagine-austin Comprehensive Plan ftp://ftp.ci.austin.tx.us/npzd/ImagineAustin/IACP_corrected2018.pdf EPA Waste Reduction Model epa.gov/warm/versions-waste-reduction-model-warm#WARM Tool V14 GHG Conversion Calculator epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator Public Works Department Website austintexas.gov/department/public-works PWD Capital Green Infrastructure austintexas.gov/page/green-capital-improvement-projects BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ARCHITECT Office of the City Architect Contact Us pwdcityarchitect@austintexas.gov Team Peter Davis, AIA, LEED AP LEED/Sustainability Project Manager Peter.Davis@austintexas.gov Theresa Cascio Silvia Calderon Laiton Angela Cai

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