Our Green Headquarters
Our Green Headquarters
The goal: A facility that would represent visually, physically and operationally Green Bank’s core values and focus on sustainability. The reality: Everything we hoped for and more.
Our facility is healthier, more productive, more satisfying and more resource-efficient than traditional banking offices. It is a tangible representation of how Green Bank functions, delivers services, values its staff and builds towards the future.
LEED Category Summary Highlights
Built on a former gas station site, the headquarters is an entry to established neighborhoods and a thoroughfare to Rice University. The central location offers employees public transportation access and local amenities and services. A hybrid-powered car is used for inter-branch deliveries and low-emitting vehicles are encouraged with preferred parking. A bike rack, shower and changing room are available to employees who bike or jog to work. To reduce the “heat island” effect, light colored pavement and white-colored roofing have been installed.
Water Efficiency Category
Special emphasis was placed on potable water conservation. The use of low flow plumbing fixtures and faucets reduces indoor water consumption. Rainwater runoff from the roofs is collected in an underground cistern and used for irrigation of drought-resistant landscaping.
Energy and Atmosphere Category
During design, computer simulation was used to optimize building energy performance and high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems were chosen to minimize energy consumption. Only renewable electricity is used; it is monitored and tracked on-site and allows continual adjustments for optimal energy usage. Ozone-friendly refrigerants are used in the building.
Materials and Resources Category
Managing construction resources was an important goal -- more than 80 percent of construction waste was collected for recycling. Likewise, building trash is sorted daily. Building materials with recycled content, or produced regionally, have also been used: translucent space divider panels made from recycled plastic bottles, East-Texas cypress wood ceilings and walls of Hill Country stone.
Indoor Environmental Quality Category
Creating a healthy and productive work environment was also important in building design. Entry walk-off grates and mats reduce dirt tracking into the building. The HVAC system uses high-efficiency filtration while CO2 monitors make continuous adjustments for optimal air quality. Multiple HVAC zones and workspace lighting controls allow for individualized comfort. Exhaust fans remove airborne contaminants from janitorial and copy rooms. Low VOC-emitting materials were selected for floorings, paints, stains and finishes.
Innovation and Design Category
Additional points were earned by specifying green cleaning products for maintenance, using the building as an education tool with informative signage and by choosing “Green Guard”-certified furniture.
Drop by and take a look around. We’re proud of our digs. And our coffee is pretty good too.