Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Headquarters achieves four-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building

July 18, 2018

The Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Headquarters received an Austin Energy Green Building 4-star rating for being a resource-wise contributor to a cleaner environment through efficient energy and water use, better health and greater comfort. 

Austin Habitat for Humanity converted a former Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant into its central Austin ReStore and Headquarters. The new building reused 96 percent of the existing structure, which greatly reduced the amount of new construction materials needed to build it. The building features a 260 kW solar PV array that supports 100 percent of the annual electricity use. Daylight responsive light fixtures, skylights and windows provide natural light while reducing the need for artificial lighting.

"Austin Habitat for Humanity embraces green building in their business of repurposing materials. They not only applied this mission in the remodel of an existing building, but they prioritized energy conservation in the design to produce a high performance building," said Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy vice president of customer energy solutions and corporate communications.
 
The City of Austin established the nation's first green building program in 1990. AEGB leads the way in local sustainable developments that have influenced sustainability programs around the world. AEGB has twice won awards from the United Nations, including the Scroll of Honour, considered the most prestigious human settlements development award in the world.
 
The ReStore joins a select group of other commercial projects that have received a 4-star rating. Since the program's founding, AEGB has rated 156 multifamily developments, 271 commercial buildings and more than 14,500 single-family homes.

"Our new headquarters showcases Austin Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to the community," says Greg Anderson, Austin Habitat for Humanity director of community affairs. "We covered our roof in solar panels to reduce our carbon footprint, and in the process have greatly reduced our electricity bills. Our employees have also been more productive and happier with the abundant daylight and improved indoor air quality."

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