Friday, April 07, 2006

Westway Park

Intellicenter: Green by Design
by Charles Stillman, March 2006

Westway Park, a 150-acre office park located just off Beltway 8 in west Houston, will soon be home to Houston’s newest green building. Dallas based Koll Development Company plans to construct six such buildings known as “Intellicenters” by year’s end.

Green buildings employ resources including water, energy, building materials and land more efficiently than average buildings built simply to code. They also feature, among other things, more natural light and improved indoor air quality, which leads to better employee health, comfort and productivity.

The project developers also hope that their future tenants will adopt green principles when building their individual spaces. Gensler Architects, a design firm involved with the project, plans to provide a manual with suggestions as to how tenants can green their offices. Recommendations will include using low VOC-emitting (volatile organic compounds) paints, building low walls or transparent glass partitions to allow for greater penetration of the daylighting, using ultra-efficient lighting components, and using recycled materials for the carpeting.

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