Kathleen at Ranserve messages today with good news.
Just to let you know your project has officially been accepted into the Austin Energy Green Building program.
“The City of Austin created the nation’s first green building program in 1990. Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) is now the nation’s most successful sustainable building program.”
We’re going to attempt four stars. There’s work to do to make this happen.
From Mark Rehberg, president of Ranserve:
In general we are going to follow the waste management/recycling program offered by TDS (Texas Disposal Systems):
- As advised we will put all painted materials and insulation in the 40 yard dumpster.
- We will make plywood bins in the driveway for recyclable: paper/cardboard and framing lumber.
- The paper/cardboard/plastic will go in the City of Austin recycle container weekly.
- The framing lumber/metals will be sent separately to TDS for recycling.
- All concrete, brick, masonry products and stone can be recycled. Therefore all these materials will be recycled as well.
- In addition, all cabinets, counter tops, interior doors & door knobs, light fixtures, light switches and outlets, ceiling fans, kitchen appliances are being inventoried and donated to Habitat for Humanity of Austin.
Ranserve reports that Emerald Hill should qualify for, at minimum, 3 Stars from the Austin Energy Green Building Program.
This apparently requires a dedicated dumpster, with additional recycling requirements. At minimum.
Ranserve is asking Steven to administer the process. OK. The greater goal is a better operating house, more efficient to operate, better planned and built. Who can argue with that?
We did this when building Pleasant Panorama. The first house built by John Hagy that qualified for the AEGB program — 3 Stars. So … we’ve traveled this road before. Doesn’t make us experts, doing this only once before.