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5 Ways IECC 2015 Affects Building Lighting Controls

Energy conservation is an important aspect of building design in today’s society. In the U.S. alone, the operation of buildings accounts for more than 40% of energy consumption. As a result, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2015, a residential and commercial building energy code, has been adopted by many states and regions in the …

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There’s Nothing “Trendy” about the Green Building Trend

  “Green.” “Sustainable.” “Eco-friendly.” These words have rapidly become a part of the modern lexicon, applied to everything from the cars we drive to the food we eat. Sometimes they’re used so often it can be hard to remember that they actually are more than just buzzwords – but they are. The environmental challenges the …

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5 Reasons Your Next Building Project Needs Commissioning

In case you didn’t know, buildings use a lot of energy – about 40 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from building electricity and natural gas use. With environmental concerns at the forefront of most industries today, it would seem imperative that the construction industry find ways to cut this number down significantly. …

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Katherine Smith Elementary earns LEED Silver!

Katherine Smith Elementary Katherine Smith Elementary School Phase II was recently certified with LEED Silver. Rice & Gardner performed fundamental and enhanced commissioning for the 60,000SF classroom addition at Katherine Smith Elementary. Rice & Gardner Senior Project Manager, Claude Yoas, was the leading Commissioning Authority who worked closely with the project team, which included Brave …

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Tanglewood Middle School Celebrates Opening!

Tanglewood Middle School Formerly known as Grady Middle School, Tanglewood Middle School is one of the first projects to be completed under the Houston Independent School District’s 2012 Bond Program. Recently, the Tanglewood Middle School community celebrated a new addition of their school and the renaming of their campus. The new addition now accommodates 850 students and …

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High School for Performing and Visual Arts Goes Underground!

High School for Performing and Visual Arts  The performing and visual arts magnet school, High School for the Performing Arts & Visual (HSPVA), is currently underway construction in downtown Houston. General Contractor on the project, McCarthy Building Companies, is being seen installing the spread footings, the perimeter basement walls, and subsurface drainage. Built in the …