Friday, April 14, 2006

Houston Green Builder

Green builder goes for the gold

By Laura Elder
The Daily News
Published April 10, 2006

Jacob White Construction Co, a Houston-based firm, headed by Jeff Mickler, is building the area’s first green, or environmentally correct, medical offices at 251 Medical Center Blvd. in Galveston.

The 48,000-square-foot center will include a grass roof with 8 inches of soil and plant life that works to trap storm-water runoff, keep the building cooler and generate oxygen for the atmosphere. A 172,000-gallon underground tank will capture water for landscape irrigation and use in toilets, Mickler said.

The developer is building the three-story center under U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines. For such certification, the building must have a healthy indoor environment, maximum energy efficiency and be developed with the thoughtful use of natural resources. The highest rating under the council’s certification is gold, for which Mickler is striving.

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