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Architecture Firms Build Energy Efficiency

Release Date: 05/15/2008
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or

Projects for 9 Texas schools and businesses will save money and emissions

(Dallas, Texas – May 15, 2008) Nine schools and businesses in Texas can look forward to reducing their energy use and costs thanks to the innovative designs of five architecture firms.

Context3, Gensler, HKS Inc., HOK, and SHW Group LLP will receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design to Earn the Energy Star designation at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention on May 15 in Boston.

The firms’ designs for the buildings meet strict EPA standards for energy efficiency and for preventing greenhouse gas emissions. Together, Creative On Center, Discovery Tower, Eldridge III, One Oak Park, and Energy Center Phase I and II in Houston; One Legacy Circle in Plano; and Henry W. Sory and Percy W. Neblett schools in Sherman will prevent 28,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year with their new energy-efficient designs.

“Thanks to the ingenuity of these architecture firms, Texas schools and businesses will enjoy significant savings in their energy costs,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “The firms have proved that designing with the environment in mind can benefit their clients as well.”

The AIA convention will recognize 46 projects in 19 states as achieving Design to Earn the Energy Star. The designs will result in yearly projected savings of 120 million pounds of carbon dioxide and $5 million in energy costs for clients.

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