• 2016 SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards

    The City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability is excited to announce the 2nd Annual SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards, an event showcasing breakthroughs and innovations addressing the three pillars of sustainability – social, economic and environmental. Previously known as the Green Building Awards, the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards spotlight the City of San Antonio’s SA Tomorrow initiative.

    The SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards will honor individuals, programs, projects and building structures that promote sustainability through engagement with the people who use it and the environment that surrounds it. The awards feature categories for new commercial and residential construction and retrofit projects. The City of San Antonio has expanded the timeframe of eligible projects and structures initiated or constructed between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2015.

    Nominations are now open! 

    To Apply, please choose a nomination category from the list below, download and fill out the form, and submit it no later than August 26th, 2016. Directions for how to submit and any additional information you will need are provided on the forms.

    SA Tomorrow is a three-plan approach to guide San Antonio toward smart, sustainable growth with efforts to preserve our resources and quality of life. The initiative aims to address issues of importance to the entire community including air and water quality, energy efficiency, transportation, jobs and housing through the following plans: the Comprehensive Plan, the Sustainability Plan and the Multimodal Transportation Plan.

    For more information on the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards, contact Douglas Melnick, Office of Sustainability at (210) 207-1721 or by email at douglas.melnick@sanantonio.gov.

     

    Organizational Practitioner Nomination

    Individual Practitioner Nomination

    Project Nomination

    Bill Sinkin Solar Technology Nomination

    Sustainable Programs Nomination

  • Being Smart About Solar

    Before going solar…. consider these points

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    So…. you’re thinking of going solar. Congratulations! It’s a big step, and a worthy one.

    By embracing solar power, you help reduce the load on our local energy grid, which cuts down on air polluting emissions and helps us avoid or delay the need to build another power plant. You also offset—perhaps even eliminate—your electricity bill. In short, going solar is good for the planet, good for the community and good for you.

    Your local public electric and gas utility, CPS Energy, has approved an additional $30 million of the community’s dollars for solar rebates. Additionally, Federal government will be offering a 30% Investment Tax Credit until 2020. Being educated so you can choose the best solar option for you means that we can utilize the rebates so that more people can access solar and its myriad benefits. CPS Energy has just implemented some important measures to help protect the safety of customers in the market for solar. However, like any major investment, it’s a important to be well informed about what your options are and what you are purchasing.

    In the spirit of good stewardship, Build San Antonio Green has assembled the following considerations to help you become well-informed about solar. If you want to learn more about how solar technology works, visit the “Solar 101” section of our website, buildsagreen.org.

    1. What size system is right for me?

    Deciding what size system depends on what you would like to accomplish. If you are really into solar and want to do your part to help reduce demand for the community, you may want to have the most solar you can get. If you are looking to reduce your utility bill to save some money, then that is likely not your best option.

    For most people, an ideal solar array would produce just enough power to wipe out their electricity bill on an annual basis. Doing so can still benefit the community by not using valuable power from the grid (and delaying or avoiding the need to build more power plants), and by helping you personally to save money. Look at your electricity bill – how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) did you consume last year? That is the maximum amount of electricity your system should produce to be most efficient.

    When you consume your own solar power to zero out your bill, your local utility pays you approximately $0.098/kWh.* But when you produce excess power and sell it back to the utility, the rate drops to $0.0169/kWh. The most efficient scenario is to buy a solar array that produces just enough power to eliminate your electricity bill.

    In short, bigger is not necessarily better. Keep in mind that a bigger system always entails more upfront costs. So optimize the system size based on your goals, consumption, and budget.

    If your goal is to save some money, then it’s also a good idea to investigate getting an energy audit for your home. You can find a local energy rater who will help you determine how energy efficient your home is. The more efficient your home before you add solar, the smaller system you will need to zero out your bill. It may be more cost effective to take some measures to make your home more efficient and then add a smaller system, decreasing your upfront costs. CPS Energy even offers various rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. Check out www.cpsenergy.com to see if you qualify.

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    1.  How do I know if I have the ideal conditions for solar?

    Most smart phones have an integrated compass. Use yours to find the orientation of your rooftop. You can compare what you find with your installer and even ask your installer what the difference in production would be if you had a south-facing roof. East-west facing systems produce 12-15% less energy than south facing ones. If your installer provides a production estimate and return on investment calculation, make sure the estimate for the system is modeled according to your roof orientation and not the ideal south facing ones.

    1. Six hours of sun per day, every day is the industry standard for maximum Return on Investment (ROI.)

    Is your roof so situated that it receives six hours of sun per day, every day, every season? The peak solar window is 10am to 4pm every day all year. Does your roof have six hours of uninterrupted sun?

    If not, your production will be lower and the payback longer. Also, make sure to be aware of any shading issues your roofs might have, whether it is shading from any surrounding trees, or shading from a chimney. A quick look at satellite imagery of your home would be a good place to start. Installers have equipment that is capable of assessing shading patterns at any proposed roof site. Work with your installer so you do not place panels on any shaded areas. It would be a disservice to have a large system, but have half of it covered in shade. And it would mean that you will not meet your maximum production and ROI.

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    1. Are high efficient (HE) panels better?

    It may seem logical to have the most highly efficient (HE) solar panels. But again, this depends on your goals. The HE panels cost more.Compare the cost increase to the production increase. Are the panels worth the extra cost? If your goal is to produce as much energy as possible and cost is not a factor, then the HE panels could be right for you. But if you are considering the upfront costs and long term ROI, then they may not offer the best long-term investment.

    As a side note, keep in mind that if you are going after the CPS rebate, all equipment chosen must be new and listed on the California Energy Commission list of approved modules and inverters, which can be found on the CPS Energy website. When you buy a new car with a V8, you can pop the hood to see the engine. How do you pop the hood on a solar project? Ask for the bill of material and check the serial numbers. Make sure you receive the equipment you were promised.

    1. How do I know if I’m getting the best price for my system?

    The solar industry, like many others, has some less-than-reputable businesses. In order to make an informed decision about which installer is right for you, do some research. Rather than going with the first installer you call or find, get several quotes from a few installers. CPS Energy keeps a list of approved installers which you can find on their website. Make sure the installers you are considering are listed.

    1. Get details on the warranties, including one for your roof.

    Installing a solar system will require that holes be drilled in your roof. It’s a good idea to ask your installer if they will guarantee that your roof, built to last 20 – 30 years, won’t be harmed or leak as a result of the installation.

    If you are planning on accessing the CPS Energy Rebate, CPS Energy has certain requirements for warranties. They require that all installed PV systems carry a five-year warranty from the installer. Solar modules must carry a 20-year warranty from the manufacturer, and inverters (the piece of necessary gear in any solar system that converts direct current from the sun to useable alternating current that can be absorbed into the grid and your home) must carry at least a five-year manufacturer’s warranty without battery back-up.

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    Know your guarantees and warranties before signing any contracts, and factor them into the ROI of your system.

    The decision to go solar is exciting, and worthy, but it’s also a big financial decision. Being well-informed about your options and working with your installer to make the right choices for your situation and goals is the best way to get the most from your investment. We know you are super excited to get that solar system, but make sure you manage your expectations. Ask your installer about their process and an estimate of when your system should be online.

    *All prices estimates as of March 1, 2016.

    Contributors to this article include: Monika Maeckle, Jacob Eyer, and Kate Rodriguez 

    Solar Links

    Interested in Learning about Solar Options and Getting 3 Free Quotes? Visit our program site: BringSolarHome.com

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    CPS Energy Solar Info

    CPS Energy Rebate Info 

  • Brady Colt Custom Homes

    “San Antonio Custom Home Builder providing excellent custom homes in San Antonio and surrounding areas.”

    22211 IH 10 West STE. 1206

    San Antonio, TX 78257

    Tel: 210-279-5367

    info@bradycoltcustomhomes.com

    www.bradycoltcustomhomes.com

  • We are Hiring!

    Build San Antonio Green is looking for an Administrative Director to join our team! We are hoping to find someone soon, so if you are self motivated, outgoing person and you are interested in working in a fun and progressive non-profit environment send us your resume right away. Below you can see the job description. This will be a full time position that does include a benefits package.

    Administrative Director Job Description 

    Finance:

    • Daily,Weekly, monthly, quarterly & annual budget reports to the Executive Director
    • Assist Executive Director with annual budget forecasting and maintain all audit practices
    • Daily accounts receivable, accounts payable, billing & journal entries to budget report & accounting program (Quickbooks Premier)
    • Assist in Accounts Receivables and Payables, Budgets for Events
    • Monthly reconciliation of journal entries to bank statements
    • Compilation of annual end of year financial report to CPA firm for filing of annual IRS Form 990 tax return
    • Fill out annual property tax inventory report for Bexar Appraisal District. Set up payment of annual property tax when invoice arrives. Maintain and update office equipment inventory.
    • Billing and A/R for certifications and Bring Solar Home
    • Provide budget and/or financial reports to vendors, organizations & institutions requesting them
    • Management of financial tracking of government consulting contracts
      • Track staff hours submitted
      • Generate invoices
      • Cost out contracts based on deliverables & staff hours per task
      • Track amounts billed, pending & remaining on contract (report to Executive Director)

     

    Payroll:

    • Process weekly payroll for all staff & set up direct deposit transfers via Quickbooks Payroll
    • Run monthly IRS Payroll Tax report & submit monthly payroll tax deposit to IRS via EFPTS online payment system
    • Run quarterly IRS Form 941 Payroll Tax returns
      • Submit to Executive Director for review & signature
      • Mail report to IRS & retain copy for files & annual EOY financial report to CPA
    • Run quarterly Texas Workforce Commission unemployment tax reports
      • Run report in payroll program (Quickbooks Payroll)
      • File report online with Texas Workforce Commission
      • Set up payment with Texas Workforce Commission if/when payment is owed
    • Track & update any deductions, garnishments, mileage or expense reimbursements for staff payroll. Make sure any supporting documentation is in employee file and make payments as needed to entities.

    Human Resources:

    • Maintain & update all staff personnel records
    • Benefits Administration
      • Act as company liaison with health insurance broker & insurer(s)
      • Shop/broker insurance policies rates for review & approval by Executive Director
      • Assist staff when enrolling and/or renewing participation in health insurance plans
      • Maintain all files (digital & paper) for all insurance policies
    • Maintain & update all BSAG employee governance documents (employee handbook, drug free workplace, grievance policy, job descriptions, etc) & ensure all are in compliance with State & Federal Labor Laws
    • Assist with processing new staff

     

    Outreach & BSAG Programs:

    • Assist Director of Community Affairs with administrative items and participate in all outreach, workshops, lectures and fundraising events..
    • Assist with errands and/or gathering of supplies as needed for events or meetings
    • Assist in promotion of membership amongst builders, architects, suppliers & service providers in the BSAG membership program
    • Assist Director of Community Affairs in membership database, invoicing and renewal

     

    Administration:

    • Maintain database, contact lists, digital records & all paper files. Update any or all of these as needed or directed.
    • Analyze offices practices, such as record keeping, forms, office layout, personnel and budgetary requirements, and performances standards to create new systems or revise old systems- (digital and/or hard copy)
    • Act as company liaison with business liability insurance broker (business liability, Director’s & Officer’s Liability, Fidelity Bond & Worker’s Compensation) and Insurance companies.
    • Assist scheduling of meetings, appointments and Board of Directors Meetings as requested
    • Assist in travel & lodging arrangements for out of town conferences attended by staff members
    • Maintain and organize office supplies & equipment
    • Assist the Executive Team in any way needed or directed
    • Answer phones & greet visitors as needed

    Skills & Knowledge

    Applicants must have complete working knowledge and experience with Quickbooks, preferably they will also know Quickbooks Payroll plugin.

    Construction Industry Experience and or Graphic Design background is a plus.

    If you are interested please send your resume to Director of Communications, Jacob Eyer at jeyer@buildsagreen.org

  • Join the BSAG Team!

    We are hiring again!

    We are looking for a qualified person to fill a program associate position on our staff. Check out the qualifications and information about the position below. If it sounds like you then be sure to send your resume along to Kate Rodriguez our Program Manager. If you have questions feel free to give us a call at 210-224-7278.

    Program Associate Job Description

     

  • SA Tomorrow Sustainability Forum

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    INNOVATION.  SUSTAINABILITY.  SAN ANTONIO.

    You’re invited to San Antonio’s first ever Sustainability Forum!  This will be an interactive evening of local visionaries and community members planning today for a sustainable San Antonio tomorrow.

    June 23, 2015
    5:00 – 8:00
    In the Grotto of the Henry B. Gonzalez Center

    FREE Refreshments and FREE Parking in City Lots (Courtesy of Downtown Tuesday).  The first 100 people through the doors will be entered into a raffle toWIN an iPAD MINI!

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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    MORE ABOUT THE FORUM:

    The Sustainability Forum will provide a platform to learn about and help refine what sustainability means to San Antonio.  The ideas generated through this Forum, and other stakeholder and public engagement activities, will culminate into a robust, actionable Sustainability Plan.  As one of the three plans in development through the SA Tomorrow planning process, the Sustainability Plan will serve as the roadmap to the sustainable future envisioned through the SA2020 process.

    The City and its partners are designing this event to be innovative and fun with five distinct areas running concurrent activities and programs–

    • Sustainability in Action: A series of TEDx-style presentations and panel discussions that summarize existing activities and inspire further action.
    • Creative Brainstorming: Concurrent facilitated ideation sessions on how to meet the goals of the Sustainability Plan.
    • Speed Planning: Quick idea blasts on topics relevant to sustainability in San Antonio.  Participants rotate through a number of tables for 10 minutes each.
    • Sustainovation (Sustainability-Innovation) Tech Zone: This area will offer interactive polling, continuously stream previously recorded speaker presentations, and host other online engagement platforms.
    • Expo Hall: This area will house organizational partner and corporate sponsor information tables.

    If you require translation, accessibility services, or if you have questions about the Sustainability Forum, please contact SASustainability@KimLundgrenAssociates.

    Transportation Options:
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    The Convention Center Garage (Marina Garage), as-well-as downtown meters are free after 5pm.
    Marina Garage (210-207-8266)  At Bowie & Commerce, across the street from the main entrance to the Convention Center
    To obtain directions, click here.

    The E – New Free Downtown Circular VIA Bus
    The E is free!  It operates Tuesday-Saturday, 6pm to midnight and runs every 10 minutes.  This route provides frequent service to many downtown destinations including the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  Passengers can board at any VIA stop with ‘The E’ logo.  Click here for a route map and VIA stop locations.

    Rio Water Taxi Service
    Looking for a cool way to get to the event?  Try the Rio Water Taxi service that stops at over 39 stops along the beautiful Riverwalk.
    One way ticket: $5.00
    Tickets are available on the Rio Taxi boat and online here

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    Contact: Ryan Mattinen

  • 2015 SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards

    SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards

    The City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability is excited to announce the inaugural SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards, an event showcasing breakthroughs and innovations addressing the three pillars of sustainability – social, economic and environmental. Previously known as the Green Building Awards, the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards spotlight the City of San Antonio’s SA Tomorrow initiative.

    The SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards will honor programs, projects and building structures that promote sustainability through engagement with the people who use it and the environment that surrounds it. The awards feature categories for new commercial and residential construction and retrofit projects. The City of San Antonio has expanded the timeframe of eligible projects and structures initiated or constructed between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2014.

    Nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at the Carver Theater, 226 N Hackberry.

    SA Tomorrow is a three-plan approach to guide San Antonio toward smart, sustainable growth with efforts to preserve our resources and quality of life. The initiative aims to address issues of importance to the entire community including air and water quality, energy efficiency, transportation, jobs and housing through the following plans: the Comprehensive Plan, the Sustainability Plan and the Multimodal Transportation Plan.

    For more information on the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards, contact Douglas Melnick, Office of Sustainability at (210) 207-1721 or by email at douglas.melnick@sanantonio.gov.

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  • Going Green Easy Summer Projects

    Welcome to the BSAG Influencers Blog Series! This is a new series of articles from friends and colleagues from our community discussing topics relating to sustainability and green building in San Antonio. We hope that this series will help provide some perspective and insight into what’s happening on the Green Front right here at home. The articles are meant as conversational in nature and therefore do not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Build San Antonio Green or it’s staff.
    With that said, Please enjoy this very informative article by one of our good friends at Green Home Realty, Drew McCurdy!
    It’s that time of year again! It’s starting to heat up, the kids are out of school, and you are spending more time in and around your home. If you are a current homeowner or are considering purchasing a home soon, you know how important it is to implement GREEN options. But with all the demands on the budget, you likely are asking how you can afford to be GREEN, where to start investing to realize value, and how to get started. Relax! As a Realtor with GREEN Home Realty who is certified GREEN by the National Association of Realtors, I get these questions frequently from my clients and would like to share how you can easily be more GREEN.   When looking at where to start first, there are a few main areas to consider: saving electricity, conserving water, and reducing waste. One of the largest energy consumers is your central air conditioner and heater. If you are purchasing a new home, make sure you pay attention to the SEER Rating, which stands for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. According to Energy.gov, this rating essentially provides the relative amount of energy required to provide a specified amount of cooling for your home. Additionally, for newer homes built after January 26, 2006, this rating must be at minimum 13 or higher. If you are in a home with a system rated lower than 13, it may not be cost-effective to replace the system just yet unless it’s failing. In either case, it’s what controls your air conditioner that can play a huge role…your thermostat!
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    Originally, many thermostats were manual. If you left it on, you may have cooled (or heated) too much. If you left it too low, then it would require more energy to get your home to a reasonable temperature. Then came programmable thermostats, which offered slightly better control.
    The challenge with programmable thermostats is that if they don’t have a flexible schedule adjustment, you could still be limited by one programmed schedule and still be wasting energy. Today, there are many more options including self-adjusting/learning thermostats. These thermostats learn your behavior and adjust accordingly. Many can be connected securely to your network for additional control away from home and through your mobile device. Consider a popular model like the Nest Thermostat. This thermostat retails for $249 and can be easily picked up locally at your Home Depot or Lowe’s. Scared of wiring? Don’t fret! Installation couldn’t be easier…even for a novice. Having personally installed myself, instructions are step-by-step. For most installations, it takes less than 15 minutes! There is even an online interactive guide to help you confirm compatibility with your system and walk you through the install process. Customer support is fantastic, should you need it. Using your thermostat is as easy as using your iPhone or Android phone. Not to mention, it looks beautiful in any home and will pay for itself in months!  
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    Another big challenge in Texas is living with the heat and seemingly constant water restrictions! During the spring and summer months specifically, it can be increasingly difficult to maintain a beautiful landscape – even with drought resistant plants – when homeowners are restricted to specific days and times to water. Like most people, those schedules don’t always fit so something has to give and it usually is your landscape. Approach this differently to get your desired results. Consider a rain barrel to capture the rainfall off your roof.   As explained by epa.gov, a rain barrel is a type of system that will collect and store excess water as a reserve that would otherwise be lost as runoff. Based off epa.gov’s calculations, in as little as one rainfall you could easily fill an average-sized rain barrel of 55 gallons. This could provide enough water during the peak watering months April – October and as much as 1300 gallons of water, depending upon rainfall! Who wouldn’t want free, unrestricted water?
      Rain barrels vary in size, setup, color, and function. Basic setups, which are fine for most, start as little as $39 and sometimes less. More extravagant systems can be expanded on as budget allows. This provides flexibility to expand your savings as your landscape develops over time. I have personally purchased a few rain barrels locally from Dave The Barrel Man in San Antonio. At $69, I was able to get a 55-gallong barrel with built-in water spigot and removable screened lid – important to ensure insects cannot get to water. Service was fast and friendly and picking them up was easier than going to the grocery store. They are lightweight and I had them setup in minutes upon arriving home. And for those of you wondering if you can water from them directly…yes! Gravity allows water to flow through the spigot. Connect a simple water hose and your neighbors will be jealous as your landscape beautifies your home…not to mention you can wash your car without restriction!   Did you know that according to epa.gov for every 1/8 of an inch gap under a 36-inch door lets in as much air as a 2.4-inch hole in a wall? Now imagine those gaps and cracks around your home.
    Maybe your front door, back door, or garage door has been overlooked for a while? Perhaps around your windows or fireplace you have some gaps you’ve ignored? You don’t think about it, but those add up! Under $20, there are several options available including silicon caulk that comes in a variety of colors that will seal, flex with temperature changes, and complement your home. Door sweeps can be easily installed to begin providing enhanced sealing between your outside doors and the floor. Spray foam can insulate large crevices indoors and out. And light switch and socket plate insulators may be beneficial. All can be found at local hardware stores.
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    Thought about going solar but not ready to go all out yet? Start with something simple! For about $200, you can purchase solar attic fans to replace those squeaky turbines that are probably rusted, broken, and only spin when there is actually consistent wind. Solar attic fans provide cool air circulation in your attic using the sunlight. Imagine that, use what causes your attic to heat up to actually cool it down, save energy, and for free after your initial installation. There are many places to purchase the fans including Costco, Home Depot, and Lowe’s. There are several varieties to choose from to suit your taste. To know how many you need, you can check out a suite of calculators online that allow you to plug in your attic square footage, such as the calculator at solar-attic-fan-info.com. You can install yourself if you are comfortable making a small hole in your roof or, for a nominal fee, a licensed installer can do it for you if you’d rather not get on a ladder.
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    Once installed, you will notice a dramatic difference in the temperature of your attic as hot air is being expelled consistently. This in turn reduces the strain on your A/C and thus your bill as it keeps the cooled air cooler as it travels through the ducts into your home. This one potentially can have a multiple times savings impact! Add an attic tent for more!
      Several other projects exist at varying levels that include rebates which you can take advantage of by visiting cpsenergysavers.com. Currently, A/C, attic insulation, solar, and natural gas rebates exist to name a few. Visit saws.org/conservation to view a variety of indoor/outdoor rebates that exist for more projects at varying levels. Outdoor rebates currently include patioscape, landscape, irrigation design, and swimming pool filters. Indoor rebates currently include free water-efficient fixtures. It’s definitely worth checking out these rebates, especially if you are planning to do some of these projects anyways and are on a budget.   More and more, buyers are looking to purchase energy efficient homes and sellers are looking to implement GREEN enhancements for greater resale value. It’s a known fact in the real estate industry that homes with GREEN technology sell faster and closer to the list price. It’s a win-win for everyone! So if you’re looking to start some summer projects and didn’t quite know where to start, consider this information and make a list to prioritize what would be most beneficial for your specific needs and budget. Start enjoying your improvements and saving while you’re in your home and having it more marketable should you ever decide to sell or rent your home in the future. And if your looking for a home, know that these projects can be factored into an offer to make your home more efficient and enjoyable once you move in. Being GREEN doesn’t have to be about spending money, it’s about educating yourself to understand the many options you have in reducing waste and conserving. And while you’re enjoying your “green savings,” let everyone else be “green with envy.”

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     Drew McCurdy, REALTOR, GREEN, CNE of Green Home Realty, LLC

    www.greenhomerealtysa.com

    If you are interested in participating in the blog series please contact Jacob Eyer the Event & Outreach Coordinator at Jeyer@buildsagreen.org
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  • 6th Annual Green Building Awards

    The City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability is proud to announce the sixth annual Green Building Awards, an event that showcases breakthroughs and emerging technologies in the field of green building.

    The awards will feature categories for new construction and retrofit projects, in both residential and commercial construction.  This year’s awards will feature new categories highlighting organizational practitioners, who have significantly and directly contributed to the number, square footage, or other quantifiable increase in green and sustainable projects in San Antonio, as well as a Judging Committee chosen “Preeminent Green Project” award.

    This year’s awards ceremony luncheon will be held on Friday, June 20, 2104 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the Lonesome Dove Room and will begin at 11:30 AM.

    To purchase tickets or a table of 10 for this event please do so below. Please provide an email in the event that we need to contact you.  For questions regarding the Event or the Green Building Awards please contact Jacob Eyer, Build San Antonio Green Event & Outreach Coordinator, at jeyer@buildsagreen.org or 210-224-7278.

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    At this time Tickets are no longer available for this event.

  • District-Scale Sustainability

    Welcome to the BSAG Influencers Blog Series! This is a new series of articles from friends and colleagues from our community discussing topics relating to sustainability and green building in San Antonio. We hope that this series will help provide some perspective and insight into what’s happening on the Green Front right here at home. The articles are meant as conversational in nature and therefore do not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Build San Antonio Green or it’s staff.
    With that said, Please enjoy our very first article in this series by Heather Holdridge!

    I have worked with energy and sustainability issues for building projects for the past eight years and have been intrigued by the interconnection between these individual buildings and other elements of the built environment (neighboring buildings, utilities, people, transportation, etc.).  The highest potential for energy and water savings occurs at this interconnection, yet building professionals typically do not get the opportunity to work on projects beyond the individual building scale.  When Architecture 2030 launched “2030 Districts” a few years ago, I took notice, as it seemed like a great model for San Antonio to apply in a unique way.

    Over the past few months, a group of local architects, activists, and properties owners have formed a San Antonio 2030 District Exploratory Committee.  San Antonio will be the first 2030 District to have a boundary that is linear; The boundary will follow the San Antonio River through downtown, stretching from Brackenridge Park in the north to Roosevelt Avenue in the south, and will cover most of downtown between I-10 and I-35.  Within these borders are many of the large downtown offices and hotels, the development at Pearl, UTSA’s downtown campus, and over 5 million square feet of city-owned properties. The San Antonio 2030 District will also be the first 2030 District to incorporate land use goals into its targets, and the first to allow residential properties to participate.

    The first 2030 District was formed in Seattle in 2011, when a group of architects was inspired by tapping into the incredible potential to decrease energy consumption of existing buildings.  133 buildings totally 28 million square feet have joined, which accounts for 37% of the square footage within the district boundary.  So far, the Seattle 2030 District has reduced its energy consumption by 21%, its water usage by 7%, and its transportation carbon emissions by 22%.

    A 2030 District is a defined area in a city where member building owners are committed to the goal of reducing consumption of energy, water, and transportation emissions by 50% by year 2030.  2030 District members are encouraged to share their utility bills as well as proven strategies for improved building performance.  As building owners begin to see improvement in their energy performance and a decrease in their utility bills, more buildings in the District will be encouraged to join.

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    The motivation behind sharing utility data is that people tend to have a fatalistic view of paying bills.  That is, many of us receive a bill and pay it without giving much thought to the numbers.  Once District members share consumption data, individual buildings can compare their own energy use against similar buildings in the immediate area and many will implement strategies to realize potential savings.  At the same time, buildings that use less energy can disclose their best practices.  Without this ability to compare, buildings might consume 2 or 3 times more than similar, nearby buildings and never know about the potential savings.

    This district-scale approach to sustainability requires collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources through unique public/private partnerships.  Property owners and managers can come together with local governments, businesses, and community stakeholders to create a business model for urban sustainability.  Together, they can develop and implement creative strategies, best practices, and verification methods for measuring progress towards a common performance goal.

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    Thirteen building owners and property managers (Alamo Architects, Alternivest, AREA Real Estate, Cleary Zimmermann Engineers, MWM and Associates, OCO Architects, Overland Partners, USAA Real Estate Company and Peloton Commercial Real Estate for One Riverwalk Place, San Antonio Housing Authority, San Antonio River Authority, Zurich International Properties, Lake|Flato Architects, and The Brooklynite) have signed on so far, and San Antonio could become the sixth official 2030 District in the nation once we formalize an agreement for 501c3 partnership. 

    For the San Antonio 2030 District, property owners/managers will not be required to achieve the goals of the District by legislative mandates, or as individuals.  Rather, adopters will achieve the San Antonio 2030 District goals as a collective group of property owners, property managers, and developers because full participation in the District brings collaboration, shared resources, and financing options that will make high-performance buildings the most profitable building type in San Antonio.  There are no fees for San Antonio 2030 District membership at this time.

    Adopters support the goals of the San Antonio 2030 District, which are to meet the following performance goals on a district-wide scale:

    Existing buildings and infrastructure operations:

    • Energy use: A minimum 10% reduction below the national average by 2015, with incremental targets, reaching a 50% reduction by 2030
    • Water use: A minimum 10% reduction below the national average by 2015, with incremental targets, reaching a 50% reduction by 2030
    • CO2­e of auto and freight: A minimum 10% reduction below the current District average by 2015 with incremental targets, reaching a 50% reduction by 2030
    • Land Use: A minimum of 10% retrofits to include low-impact development best management practices by 2015, with an incremental target of reaching 50% of retrofits by 2030

    New buildings, major renovations, and new infrastructure:

    • Energy use: An immediate 60% reduction below the national average, with incremental targets, reaching carbon neutral by 2030
    • Water use: An immediate 50% reduction below the current national average
    • CO2e of auto and freight: An immediate 50% reduction below the current District average
    • Land use: A minimum of 10% of plats to include low-impact development best management practices by 2015, with an incremental target of reaching 50% of plats by 2030

    The San Antonio 2030 District also supports sustainable land use and management practices and low impact development to protect water and air quality throughout the District boundary.

     

    Adopter Benefits:

    The San Antonio 2030 District is in the process of developing tools which will be available to property owners, property managers, or developers who become adopters:

    • Operational cost savings: The primary direct benefit of making progress toward the District goals
    • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: Assistance with account setup and initial upload of utility data, and ongoing Portfolio Manager training as required
    • Initial benchmarking: Confidential analysis on building performance data in relation to District goals as well as similar building types within the District and nationwide
    • Preliminary assessment: Breakdown of cost and resulting savings of efficiency strategies to meet District goals
    • Access to and guidance for financing opportunities: Information on utility incentives, tax incentives, available financing options (such as ESCo, PACE, performance contracting, etc. as well as traditional mechanisms), and connection to professional partners in the energy retrofit finance sector
    • Founding adopters: The first ten adopters in the San Antonio 2030 District will be highlighted as founding adopters on the San Antonio 2030 District website and may use this designation for marketing purposes
    • Forum discussions: Informal and formal gatherings will be organized to provide adopters the opportunity to share information and best practices

     

    Adopter Contributions:

    In exchange for adopter benefits, adopters are asked to participate in the development of the District in the following ways:

    • Sharing of performance data: Confidential sharing of building energy use, water use, and transportation management plan data with the SA2030D Advisory Committee.  Aggregate data about the District will be made publicly available but no individual building will be identified.
    • Participation in Portfolio Manager: Use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track monthly energy use for each building
    • Lessons learned and case studies: Share insights in best practices, lessons learned, and case studies with the SA2030D Advisory Committee to help raise the level of performance across the District
    • Support for the San Antonio 2030 District Board of Directors (optional): Participation in District decision-making, evaluation of District membership criteria for property owners and stakeholders, mentorship for small/sole proprietor property owner and managers

     

    If you own or manage a property in or near the San Antonio 2030 District, please contact our group so we can talk about signing up for the initiative.  This is a landmark opportunity for San Antonio to take the national stage for its leadership in sustainability, as our approach will demonstrate the city’s unique culture of collaboration.

    HHoldridgeHeather Gayle Holdridge, LEED AP BD+C, EIT, Associate AIA is the Sustainability Manager at Lake|Flato Architects, a San Antonio-based design firm focused on timeless sustainable architecture that is rooted to its place.  You can follow the firm’s blog at www.lakeflatodogrun.com.  Heather is also a member of Build San Antonio Green’s Technical Advisory Group. 

    If you are interested in participating in the blog series please contact Jacob Eyer the Event & Outreach Coordinator at Jeyer@buildsagreen.org
  • Force Energy Solutions

    Website
    P. 210-563-5433
    P. 512-763-0017
    Contact: John Owens HERS Rater/EMIT
    Email: forceenergysolutions@gmail.com

     

     

  • 2013 in Review

    Happy new year from Build San Antonio Green!  A new year means new possibilities, new features, and new homes!  This is the first of one of our new features – the Build San Antonio Green blog.  We’ll be posting useful and interesting information about the goings on in the world of green homebuilding, our program, and other tidbits about San Antonio acceleration to one of the greenest and most sustainable cities in the United States and the world.

    2013 was a watershed year for us, and we’re looking forward to an even more successful year in 2014 – more green homes, more energy savings, and a greener, more sustainable future for San Antonio.

    • Last year Build San Antonio Green was thrilled to welcome Meritage Homes to our program.  The most recent production builder to commit 100% of homes in San Antonio to our program, they have earned 45 certifications to date.  We expect Meritage to add several hundred homes this year.  With each one Build San Antonio Green certified,  Meritage is demonstrating a commitment to our program and to efficient, high-performance homes for San Antonio.
    • In July, we were proud to hold our second annual Green Home Tour.  This year, the Tour featured an eclectic mix of homes, builders, andneighborhoods across San Antonio – from Southtown, King William and Lavaca to the latest features from green production builders on the northside, the 2013 Green Home Tour had something for everyone. The 2014 Green Home Tour looks to be even more exciting – with so many great infill projects in addition to the cutting edge offerings from green production builders, all facets of green building will be well represented

    All green, all cool! A few of the homes on the 2013 Green Home Tour: clockwise from top left: Quail Run, Norwood, Amorosa, Claudia

    • BSAG also enjoyed playing a large role in the 2013 Parade of Homes.  The second all green Parade was held in Cibolo Canyons, and featured cutting-edge design and features in beautiful, functional, BSAG certified green homes from some of south Texas’ leading custom home builders.  Highlights included River Oaks Home’s project, earning the Greenest Home award.
    • We were also extremely proud to be chosen as the recipient of the NAHB’s 2013 Advocate of the Year. We are thrilled to receive the national recognition this award conveys, and extremely proud that our efforts and accomplishments have been recognized by our peers.

    Finally, the most exciting news of 2013: it was Build San Antonio Green’s most successful year of certifications to date!  We set an all-time record for certifications in a single year with 1065 projects certified and brought our grand total to more than 2500 total certifications. We’ve saved enough energy to run 2400 average San Antonio homes for an entire year.   

    Our successes are possible only because of the great support we receive.  Our stakeholder organizations, with their leadership; homebuilders choosing to certify their homes through our program; homebuyers demanding high-performance and efficiency, and all those interested in and supportive of green building are each crucial to our success.  We are proud that San Antonio has thoroughly embraced residential green building, and in particular, the Build San Antonio Green program.  Here’s to an even greener 2014!

  • AIA 2030 District Launch Party

    January 9th saw the kickoff party for San Antonio’s AIA 2030 District, and BSAG was there!  More than 100 attendees mingled at the AIA’s new Center for Architecture on S. Flores.

    San Antonio has joined the short list of US Cities that have a 2030 District.  In a 2030 District, property owners and managers in the district agreeing to participate track the energy and water use in their buildings and share the data with the 2030 Committee as well as other members  to develop strategies and best practices to reduce energy and water consumption.  The San Antonio District extends from Brackenridge Park and follows the San Antonio River south to Roosevelt Avenue, with I10 and I35 serving as the western and eastern borders.

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    The Rivard Report featured a great piece from Lake|Flatos’ Heather Holdridge earlier in the week, explaining the concept and implementation of the District

    Heading into the Kickoff Party last night, four properties had already agreed to participate:Lake|Flato ArchitectsZurich International Properties (Build San Antonio Green’s landlord!),The Brooklynite, and the San Antonio River Authority.  David Adelman, founder and principal ofArea Real Estate, became the fifth owner to make the commitment last night.  As a result, the District now has the minimum number of committed participants to be considered official.

    While the major focus of the 2030 District is on commercial projects, which represent a significant opportunity for energy and water use reduction, there is also a sizable portion of San Antonio’s district that includes residential buildings as well.  The 2030 Exploratory Committee is looking at the other Districts around the country to determine what the residential component of the District will look like, especially in terms of data collection and sharing.

    We are excited about the great opportunities presented with the 2030 District, and are glad to play a role in San Antonio’s efforts.  While our specfic role remains to be defined (it is a very new program!) we will be involved as the project moves forward and will be sure to keep you updated with exciting developments.

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  • We Won… AGAIN!

    At last, we can share the news!  We knew for a while, but were unable to say anything until now!

    The 2014 NAHBGreen Awards were presented in Las Vegas last night.  Build San Antonio Green received the Advocate of the Year honor for the second year in a row!

    Even more exciting was the sizeable San Antonio at the awards again  – featured in almost every category last night.

    Imagine Homes received the award for “Project of the Year – Single Family” for , setting a personal record for six years in a row. CVF Homes with an Honorable Mention for “Project of the Year” for their Level 3 Solar Home in Lavaca.

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    Anita Ledbetter accepts the award for Advocate of the Year

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    CVF Homes Level 3 Solar Home, Honorable Mention for Project of the Year

    Awards

    Just part of the San Antonio delegation. L-R: Juan Fernandez, CVF Homes; Anita Ledbetter, BSAG; John Friesenhahn, Imagine Homes; JR Martinez, the evening’s MC; Jim Bastoni, Imagine Homes

    Cibolo Canyons, San Antonio’s premier green development, in which all homes are certified green by BSAG, received an Honorable Mention for Green Land Development category, and the Cevallos Lofts earned an Honorable Mention for the NRP Group in the Multifamily category.

    Of course, BSAG is extremely proud to receive Advocate of the Year for the second year in a row.  It’s quite an honor to be recognized by NAHBGreen for our advocacy and outreach – but we’re even more excited that so many projects built and certified to our standards  earn the  recognition of the whole homebuilding industry.  With competition from across the United States, it speaks volumes about the efficacy of our program and the work of our builders that they have been recognized at such a high level.    San Antonio is rapidly accelerating toward becoming one of the greenest, most sustainable cities in the country, and it’s exciting that Build San Antonio Green and our participating builders are right in the the heart of the movement.

  • 2013 in Review

    BlogGFX02-Splash copyHappy new year from Build San Antonio Green!  A new year means new possibilities, new features, and new homes!  This is the first of one of our new features – the Build San Antonio Green blog.  We’ll be posting useful and interesting information about the goings on in the world of green homebuilding, our program, and other tidbits about San Antonio acceleration to one of the greenest and most sustainable cities in the United States and the world.

    2013 was a watershed year for us, and we’re looking forward to an even more successful year in 2014 – more green homes, more energy savings, and a greener, more sustainable future for San Antonio.

    • Last year Build San Antonio Green was thrilled to welcome Meritage Homes to our program.  The most recent production builder to commit 100% of homes in San Antonio to our program, they have earned 45 certifications to date.  We expect Meritage to add several hundred homes this year.  With each one Build San Antonio Green certified,  Meritage is demonstrating a commitment to our program and to efficient, high-performance homes for San Antonio.
    • In July, we were proud to hold our second annual Green Home Tour.  This year, the Tour featured an eclectic mix of homes, builders, and neighborhoods across San Antonio – from Southtown, King William and Lavaca to the latest features from green production builders on the northside, the 2013 Green Home Tour had something for everyone. The 2014 Green Home Tour looks to be even more exciting – with so many great infill projects in addition to the cutting edge offerings from green production builders, all facets of green building will be well represented
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    All green, all cool! A few of the homes on the 2013 Green Home Tour: clockwise from top left: Quail Run, Norwood, Amorosa, Claudia

    • BSAG also enjoyed playing a large role in the 2013 Parade of Homes.  The second all green Parade was held in Cibolo Canyons, and featured cutting-edge design and features in beautiful, functional, BSAG certified green homes from some of south Texas’ leading custom home builders.  Highlights included River Oaks Home’s project, earning the Greenest Home award.
    • We were also extremely proud to be chosen as the recipient of the NAHB’s 2013 Advocate of the Year. We are thrilled to receive the national recognition this award conveys, and extremely proud that our efforts and accomplishments have been recognized by our peers.
    Anita & Lina accept our award at the EcoDisco

    Anita & Lina accept our award at the EcoDisco

    Finally, the most exciting news of 2013: it was Build San Antonio Green’s most successful year of certifications to date!  We set an all-time record for certifications in a single year with 1065 projects certified and brought our grand total to more than 2500 total certifications. We’ve saved enough energy to run 2400 average San Antonio homes for an entire year.   

    Our successes are possible only because of the great support we receive.  Our stakeholder organizations, with their leadership; homebuilders choosing to certify their homes through our program; homebuyers demanding high-performance and efficiency, and all those interested in and supportive of green building are each crucial to our success.  We are proud that San Antonio has thoroughly embraced residential green building, and in particular, the Build San Antonio Green program.  Here’s to an even greener 2014!

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  • Doza Construction, LLC

  • Brohn Homes

  • DES Business Solutions (DES Contractors)

  • Specia Builders Inc.

    Website:  www.specia.com

    5917 San Pedro, Suite 3

    San Antonio, TX 78212

    P: (210)349-1491

    Contact: Richard Specia

    Richard@specia.com

     

     

  • Centerra Homes

  • Lomanco Inc.

  • Energy Inspectors Texas

    Website:  www.energyinspectors.com

    8515 Edna Avenue, Suite 210

    Las Vegas, NV 89117

    P: (702)365-8080

    Contact: Cody McGhie

    cmcghie@energyinspectors.com

     

  • Back Yard Splash

  • Xella Aircrete

  • Geo-Insulation

  • Steves & Sons

  • Habitat for Humanity San Antonio

    Website
    311 Probandt
    San Antonio TX 78204

  • City Electric Supply

    17349 Bell North Drive Ste. 100
    Schertz, TX 78154
    P: 210.650.0629
    Contact: Anthony Cortino
    Cell 210.291.9030

  • Monticello Homes

  • Adam Wilson Homes

    Website
    16601 Blanco Rd. Suite 122
    San Antonio, TX 78248
    P: (210) 314.1146
    Contact: Adam Wilson

     

  • Eco-Synergy Advisors

    1 Certifications

    1 Energy Retrofit Level 1 Certification
    Website
    P.O. Box 35314
    San Antonio, TX 78235
    P: 210.818.8989
    Contact: Chris Flores

  • David Anderson Homes

  • Greenboro Homes

  • HomeSpring Realty Partners

  • NRP Group

    1 Certification

    1 Multifamily Level 1 New Construction Certification

    The NRP Group, LLC
    200 Concord Plaza Drive, Suite 900
    San Antonio, TX 78216
    P: (210) 487.7878
    F: (210) 487.7880
    Contact: Debra Guerrero
    email

  • San Antonio Housing Authority

    2 Certifications

    1 Multifamily New Construction – Level 1
    1 Multifamily Energy Retrofit – Level 2

    Website
    818 S. Flores
    San Antonio TX 78204
    P: 210.477.6242
    Contact: Beth Keel

  • T & J Builders

    11 Homes Certified

    6 Level 1 Energy Retrofit Certifications
    5 Level 2 Energy Retrofit Certifications

    920 S. Walnut
    Pearsall TX 78061
    Contact: Artemio Perez

  • Sustainable Endeavors

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 2 Energy Retrofit Certification

    Website
    302 Carnahan
    San Antonio TX 78209
    P: 512.293.3266
    Contact: Michael Shokrian 

  • Sustainable Endeavors

  • South Antonio Builders

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 2 Energy Retrofit Certification

    Website
    2330 S. Presa
    San Antonio TX 78210
    Contact: Robert Alvarado

  • Scott Martin

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 2 Energy Retrofit Certification
  • Peter Stainken Construction

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 2 Energy Retrofit Certification

    Website
    7127 N. Vandiver Rd
    San Antonio, TX 78209
    P: (210) 822-0055
    Contact: Peter Stainken

  • Liberty Builders

    2 Homes Certified

    1 Level 1 Energy Retrofit Certification
    1 Level 2 Energy Retrofit Certification

    Website
    301 S. Seguin Street
    Converse TX 78109
    P: 210.657-7777
    Contact: Gary Schmueckle

  • Shelly Home Company

    1 Certification

    1 Level 2 Certficiation

    Shelly Home Company
    7238 Seidel Rd.
    San Antonio, TX 78209
    P: (210) 828-7447
    F: (210) 828-8851
    Contact: Keith Shelly, President
    email

  • Richard Lira Homes

    5 Homes Certified

    5 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    PO Box 690507
    San Antonio TX 78269
    P: 210.325.3556
    F: 210.979-9955
    Contact: Richard Lira

  • KB Home

    1371 Certifications

    1370 Level 1 Certifications
    1 Level 3 Solar Home Certification

    Website
    4800 Fredricksburg Road
    San Antonio TX 78229
    P: 888-KB-HOMES
    Contact: Cathy Teague

  • Green Energy of SA

    Website
    8000 IH-10 West, Ste. 1500
    San Antonio TX 78230
    P: 210.366.8012
    Contact: Aimee Riley

  • Freedom Solar

  • Winco International

  • Solace Creek Custom Homes

  • Sustainable Living Roadshow


    Join Build San Antonio Green at the San Antonio stop of the Sustainable Living Roadshow!

    The Renewable Republic is teaming up with the Sustainable Living Roadshow to showcase an afternoon Sustainability Festival – please come out to learn, share and explore sustainability!

    The event will take place at the The Mattress Factory (1903 S. Saint Marys), and will be filled with workshops, live music from local bands, key-note speakers, art projects, puppet shows, the Conscious Carnival, a Solutionary Showcase, Compass Green mobile educational green house, Eco Info booth and much more.

    Speakers: (Full List of Speakers Coming Soon)
    – Kris Zebrowski – Build San Antonio Green
    – Skeets Rapier – The Renewable Republic

    Music and Performances :
    – Pop Pistol
    – The Cartographers

  • CPS Energy Savers Workshop

    Texas Public Radio is hosting a free workshop on the CPS Energy Savers program on Thursday, November 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the AIA Center for Architecture at Pearl, located at 200 E. Grayson Street, Suite 110.

    CPS Energy Savers is a collaboration between CPS Energy, the City of San Antonio Better Buildings Program, Alamo Colleges and the Better Business Bureau. The program is designed to help homeowners reduce their energy costs by providing a seamless process to identify opportunities to increase efficiency, connect with qualified contractors and take advantage of the range rebates and cash incentives available to energy-conscious customers.

    The workshop will explain the main components of the CPS Energy Savers program, which includes home assessments and audits, rebates and tax credits, financing options and customer support services provided by CPS Energy. Facilitators will guide attendees through the typical process from CPS Energy Savers program participants, from evaluation to installation to financing. The session will also detail the range of benefits to home retrofits and upgrades, including reductions in energy consumption, utility bills, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Admission is free, but please register in order to reserve your space. You may register online here

  • Arbizu & Associates

  • Climatizer Quiet Windows

    Website
    6213 Grissom Road, Ste. 601
    San Antonio, TX 78238
    Contact: Sid Wolfe
    P: 210.701.7200
    Contact: Ed Salinas
    P: 210.525.8583

  • CAM Solar

  • Jon Wayne Heating & Air

  • KB Home

  • Joubert Design Build

    Website
    1010 Central Parkway South
    San Antonio, TX  78232
    P: 210.545.0032
    Contact: Paige Lentz

  • Green Tech H2O Systems

    Website
    1826 Tarton Lane
    San Antonio TX 78231
    P: 210.314.3538
    Contact: Gale Shaw

  • The Renewable Republic

  • Circular Energy

  • Alamo City Construction

    1 Home Certified

    1 Green Retrofit Level 2 Certification

    3902 S. Presa
    San Antonio TX 78210
    Contact: Fred Reina

  • Nic Abbey Custom Properties

  • Atomka

  • Aluz

  • CW Floors

  • SA Youth

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    San Antonio Youth Build
    1215 W. Poplar
    San Antonio, Texas 78207-0844
    P: (210) 223-3131
    F: (210) 223-9939
    Contact: Cynthia Le Monds
    email

  • Diamante Custom Homes

    2 Homes Certified

    1 Certified Level Certification
    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    5139 N. Loop 1604 West, Ste. 102
    San Antonio TX 78249
    Contact: Adam Sanchez

  • CVF Homes

    4 Certification

    1 Level 3 Solar Home (New Construction) Certification
    3 Energy Retrofit Level 2 Certification

    CVF Homes
    118 Broadway Ste. 224
    San Antonio, TX 78205
    P: (210) 601-9582
    F: (210) 693-1308
    Contact: Juan Fernandez
    email

  • Free Green Open House

    Thursday May 26, 2011 – Thursday May 26, 2011

    214 Sunglo Dr.

    View MapMap and Directions | Register

    Description:

    Join us as we host our first Green Open House on Thursday, May 26th from 10 AM to Noon. This unique event will be hosted in conjunction with the City of San Antonio’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department and is free and open to the public. Come see an affordable Green Retrofit certified through Build San Antonio Green. We hope you are able to make it and come learn about how the City and BSAG are working to make green building available to homeowners at all income levels.

    Register

  • Green Building Energy Services, LLC

  • Generation Green

  • City of San Antonio Green Building Awards

    Gold Certified

    In an effort to recognize the achievements made by local builders in constructing energy and water efficient buildings, the City of San Antonio is holding the third Green Building Awards Luncheon.

    The awards will celebrate builders who have made significant strides in improving the performance of their buildings, as well as, specific construction projects. Awards will be offered in several categories within the divisions of commercial and residential construction. This year also marks the introduction of a Green Renovation category to the awards.

    The City’s Green Building Awards has been designated “Gold” through the Green Events Ordinance.

    The winners of the 2011 Green Building Awards will be honored at a special luncheon to be held at the International Center, 203 S. St. Mary’s, on June 1st. The program will start at 11AM.

    Numerous city and county officials, utility representatives, and members of the building community will be in attendance. This event is a fantastic opportunity to see the cutting-edge projects in San Antonio and to catch a glimpse of what the future of building in San Antonio will be.

    Register online here.  Individual seats are $75.  Table sponsorships may be purchased for $650, and include 8 seats plus table and event signage.

  • Automated Integrated

  • SolarFest

    Join Build San Antonio Green at SolarFest!

  • City of San Antonio Earth Day Celebration

    Join Build San Antonio Green at the City of San Antonio’s Annual Earth Day Celebration at Woodlawn Lake!

    In the heart of the Deco District, the City’s Earth Day Celebration is a celebration of environmentally friendly living, sustainability, organic food, and is also the only Earth Day celebration that is an official Fiesta event!

    The celebration is 9AM – 4PM on Saturday, April 9. Great food, entertainment, and prizes all day long. Don’t miss it!

  • Solar for the Home Workshop

    We will be presenting our annual Solar for the Home workshop on May 23rd at 9AM. This workshop will cover the latest and greatest in solar energy technology for the home, including:

    • Right-sizing solar PV
    • Solar thermal
    • Daylighting

    To register, please use the form online here.

  • South Antonio Builders

  • San Antonio Housing Authority

  • T & J Builders

  • Fresh Air Friday

    Join us at the Alamo Area Council of Governments annual Fresh Air Friday celebration!

    This event will feature music, prizes, giveaways, and helpful information on improving air quality and other measures that help our environment, promote active and healthy living, improve transportation, and keep our city beautiful. In addition, Buildd San Antonio Green will be receiving our Air Quality Stewardship Award at the event.

    More information can be found here.

  • Multifamily Program

    Multifamily projects are an important aspect of residential construction, and now there is a way to build multifamily projects that are certified green and qualify for rebates and incentives! The Build San Antonio Green Multifamily Program has options for both new construction and renovation of existing structure (both current multifamily structures as well as single family to multifamily renovations) that follow the path of Build San Antonio Green’s single family program: simple, inexpensive, and measurable results. This lunch n learn will provide you with all the information you need to know about building or renovating a project through the Build San Antonio Green Multifamily Program.

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  • Build San Antonio Green 2011

    Build San Antonio Green’s program is changing! Complying with the energy requirements and getting the CPS Energy rebates is going to be changing in light of the changes coming to the manner in which HERS Ratings are assigned and to how ENERGY STAR v. 3 is going to work.

    Come to this workshop and learn how to stay in compliance and, more importantly, continue to recieve the CPS Energy Whole Home rebates!

    Register here

  • On-Site Retrofit Workshop

    Our first on-site workshop of the year!  Tour a Build San Antonio Green Retrofit project in the works and see what goesinto retrofitting a home to Build San Antonio Green standards!

    Achieving certification through Build San Antonio Green’s Green Retrofit programs is easier than you think, and this workshop will show you, on-site, some great examples of features and techniques to retrofit the home to our standards.

    Also, you will see the energy rater in action as they perform the energy test to measure the level of improvement achieved!

    This is going to be an exciting and informative workshop, so don’t miss it!

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  • Green Product Showcase

    San Antonio’s premier showcase of green, environmentally friendly, efficient, and sustainable products! Build San Antonio Green’s annual Green Product Showcase is a unique event, focused exclusively on the latest and greater green products available for the home. More than 20 vendors participated last year, and more than 200 people attended. This is a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to builders, architects, realtors, students, and the general public about the green products and services your company offers!

    The 2011 Green Product Showcase will take place on Friday, August 19th from 1PM to 4PM at the Greater San Antonio Builders Association.

  • Cornerstone Mortgage – Jean-Marie Warren

    Website
    13750 San Pedro, Suite 330
    San Antonio TX 78232
    P: 210.428.6055 office
    P: 210.771.5897 cell
    Contact: Jean-Marie Warren

  • Land Design

    Website
    113 FM 3351 South
    Boerne, TX 78006
    P: 830.816.6670 – office
    P: 210.669.6111 – cell
    Contact: Mike Logsdon

  • Richard Lira Homes

    Website
    PO Box 690507
    San Antonio TX 78269
    P: 210.325.3556
    F: 210.979-9955
    Contact: Richard Lira

  • Green Collar Operations

    Website
    4400 Horizon Hill Ste. 1710
    San Antonio TX 78227
    P: 210.399.3858
    Contact: Andrew Ewig

  • Forever Green Concrete Forms

    Website
    12508 Jones Maltsberger Rd, Ste 108
    San Antonio TX 78247
    P:210.490.4506
    F: 210.490.4812
    Contact: Frank Kerno

  • Barclay Custom Homes

    Website
    15727 San Pedro
    San Antonio TX 78232
    P: 210.490.8090
    F: 210.490.0969
    Contact: Frank Kerno

  • Meritage Homes

  • RESNET Workshop Registration

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  • BuiltSmart Resources

    3 Homes Certified

    2 Level 3 Solar Home Certifications
    1 Level 2 Energy Retrofit Certification

    PO Box 47699
    San Antonio, TX 78265
    P: (210) 764-4411
    F: (210) 568-6314
    Contact: Amy Pyle

  • First Solar Home

    Build San Antonio Green is proud to announce the certification of our first Level 3 Solar Home.

    This home was built by BuiltSmart Resources and designed by MSA Architecture. The home was certified through Build San Antonio Green’s Level 3 Solar Home program, and is designed to be at least 35% more efficient than current city code.

    Key energy efficiency features of the home include:

    • HERS Index of 51 or better – 35% more efficient than City Code in energy
    • HVAC System minimum 15 SEER
    • ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances
    • Fluorescent, CFL or LED lighting required
    • Tight building envelope to prevent air leakage
    • Efficient mechanical systems
    • High-performance lighting
    • Low-e windows
    • Solar PV system to meet all of the home’s power requirements
    • Low-voc materials and adhesives for improved indoor air quality
    • 30,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system

    BuiltSmart is proud to announce that this home is also a resource center, educating builders and the public about the home and the feasibility of building an extremely efficient, net zero energy home through the Build San Antonio Green program!

  • Liberty Builders

  • Merced Housing of Texas

    3 Homes Certified

    3 Green Retrofit Level 2 Certifications

    212 West Laurel St.
    San Antonio, Texas 78212
    P: (210) 281-0234
    F: (210) 281-0238
    Contact: Edgar T. Sandoval

  • JW Gravell, Inc.

    2 Homes Certified

    1 Green Retrofit Level 1 Certification
    1 Energy Retrofit Level 2 Certification

    31007 IH-10W, Ste. 210
    Boerne, TX 78006
    P: (210) 872-8729
    Contact: Jonathon Gravell
    email

  • Tollette Construction

    2 Homes Certified

    2 Green Retrofit Level 2 Certifications

    15701 Henderson Pass
    San Antonio,TX 78232
    P: (210) 494-5932
    F: (210) 494-9882
    Contact: Trey Tollette

  • KENS 5 Mi Casa Makeover

    3 Homes Certified

    1 Green Retrofit Level 2 Certification
    1 Energy Retrofit Level 1 Certification
    1 Energy Retrofit Level 2 Certification
  • Southwest Exteriors

    1 Home Certified

    1 Energy Retrofit Level 1 Certification

    2430 Freedom Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78217
    P: (210) 828-5555
    Contact: Scott Barr
    scott@southwestexteriors.com

  • Eco-Synergy Advisors

  • Featured Project – December 2010

    Neighborhood Housing Services Homes in Tierra del Sol

    This month’s featured project features homes built by Neighborhood Housing Services, a non-profit affordable builder in San Antonio. These homes are in the Tierra del Sol neighborhood and will be featured in the Affordable Showcase of Homes
    Designated “affordable” means each of these homes will sell for $110,000 or less. Build San Antonio Green is proud of these and the other affordable homes we have certified, as it demonstrates that green building is available at all price points.

    Pictures and more information below. Click on any picture to see a larger view.

    Some key features of this month’s featured homes:

    Priced at less $110,000
    2-Story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, and 1 car garage floor plan
    Square footage of 1,200-1,400
    Northside School District yet only a few minutes away from downtown
    Certified both under the Build San Antonio Green Level 1 – they are at least 15% more efficient than current City code in energy.
    ENERGY STAR appliances
    ENERGY STAR low-e windows
    CFL lighting throughout the house
    ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat
    Low VOC interior paints
    Low-flow sink fixtures, showerheads, and toilets.

  • Vantem Panels

  • Barfield Team – Keller Williams Realty

  • Centro Properties

    Website
    118 Broadway Ste. 633
    San Antonio TX 78205
    P: 210.224.2213
    F: 210.224.6551
    C: 210.639.3272
    Contact: Debra Maltz

  • M&M Weatherization

    601 N. Colorado
    San Antonio TX 78207
    P: 210.223.9575
    F: 210.223.9301
    C: 210.488.3207
    Contact: Mac Rattan

  • Fiberglass Insulators

  • Shafer Services

  • Fry Roofing

  • Wilshire Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    16914 Hwy 281 N.
    San Antonio, Texas 78232
    P: (210) 591-1187
    Contact: Sarah Perez

  • Sustainable Homes, Inc.

    1 Home Certified

    1 Comprehensive (L2) with Solar Certification

    Website
    P.O. Box 2005
    Boerne, TX 78006
    P: (830) 537-5290
    Contact: Darrel McMaster
    email

  • Summit Built Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification
  • Stadler Custom Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 2 Certification


    32335 US Highway 281 N
    Bulverde, TX 78163-3158
    P:830.980.4198

  • Stephen Colley/Architecture

    1 Home Certified

    Website
    519 Artemis Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78218
    P: (210) 416-3387
    Contact: Stephen Colley
    email

  • Uptmore Custom Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    8400 Blanco Road, Suite 204
    San Antonio, TX 78216
    P: (210) 696-2522
    F: (210) 696-2034
    Contact: Jack Uptmore
    email

  • Todd Glowka Builder

  • LionForce Building Systems

    1 Home Certified

    1 Comprehensive (Level 3) Certification

    Website
    115 W. El Prado Dr. Suite 3
    San Antonio Texas 78212
    P: (210) 348-0000
    F: (210) 348-0024
    Contact: Jonathan Lane
    jlane@lionforcesystems.com

  • Kyle Lindsey Custom Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    19230 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 375
    San Antonio, Texas 78258
    Office: (830) 980-9612
    Fax: (830) 980-9613
    Contact: Kyle Lindsey
    email

  • Key Companies

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    17325 Bell North Drive – Suite 1
    Schertz TX 78154
    P: (210) 937-1082
    F: (210) 490-3603
    Contact: Ross Bacon
    rbacon@keyinsulation.com

  • Genesis Custom Homes

    2 Homes Certified

    2 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    7790 Hwy. 281 N.
    Spring Branch, TX 78070
    P: (830) 228-4444
    F: (830) 885-4704
    email

  • Dale Sauer Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    3969 Fossil Rock
    San Antonio, TX 78261
    P: (210) 490-1061
    F: (210) 495-6022
    email

  • Custom Homes, Ltd.

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    P: 210-559-9293
    Contact: Steve Serleija
    email

  • Bridle Bit Custom Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website

    5260 Rittiman Road
    San Antonio, TX 78218
    P: (210) 662-6607
    F: (210) 662-9661
    email

     
  • Armadillo Homes

    1 Home Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification

    Website
    14206 Northbrook
    San Antonio, TX 78232
    P: (210) 662-0066
    Contact: Brian Nanney
    email

  • Williams-Hirsch

    3 Homes Certified

    3 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    13333 Blanco Rd., Suite 216
    San Antonio, Texas 78216
    P: (210) 764-0123
    F: (210) 764-0074
    Contact: Jim Williams
    email

  • Mattern & FitzGerald

    2 Homes Certified

    1 Level 1 Certification
    1 Level 2 Certification

    Website
    2611 N. Loop 1604 W
    San Antonio, TX 78258
    P: (210) 764-7373
    Contact: Jason Mattern
    email

  • Greenwood Custom Homes

    3 Homes Certified

    3 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    24826 Fairway Springs
    San Antonio, TX 78260
    P: (210) 723-7233

  • Avenida Gudalupe

    2 Homes Certified

    2 Level 1 Certifications

    1313 Guadalupe, Suite 100
    San Antonio, TX 78207
    P: 210.223.3151
    email

  • Urban 22 Studios

    3 Homes Certified

    3 Level 1 Certifications

    522 Charles Road
    San Antonio, TX 78209
    P: (210) 829-5832
    Contact: Ruth Nadeau
    email

  • Don Craighead Custom Homes

    4 Homes Certified

    1 Certified Level Certification
    3 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    12045 Starcrest
    San Antonio, TX 78247
    P: (210) 493-5353
    Contact: Tom McKane
    email

  • Mike Hollaway Custom Homes

    5 Homes Certified

    5 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    2511 N. Loop 1604 West
    San Antonio, TX 78258
    P: (210) 490-0069
    F: (210) 495-4751
    Contact: Mike Hollaway, President
    email

  • GREEN Home Builders

    15 Homes Certified

    10 Level 1 Certifications
    5 Level 2 Certifications

    Website
    3 Legacy Park
    San Antonio TX 78257
    P: (210) 290-1645
    Contact: Bill Holland, CGP
    email

  • Neighborhood Housing Services

    17 Homes Certified

    17 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    851 Steves Ave.
    San Antonio, Texas 78210
    P:(210) 533-8740 x 214
    Contact: Chip Haass
    email

  • City of San Antonio – Housing & Neighborhood Services

    13 Homes Certified

    13 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    1400 South Flores
    San Antonio, Texas 78204

  • Lennar Homes

    455 Homes Certified

    318 Level 1 Certifications
    37 Level 2 Certifications

    Website
    300 E. Sonterra Blvd. #1130
    San Antonio TX 78258
    P: (210) 403-6236
    F: (210) 403-6202
    Contact: Brian Barron

  • Sitterle Homes

    41 Homes Certified

    7 Certifed Level Certifications
    34 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    2015 Evans Road
    San Antonio, TX 78258
    P: (210) 494-9192
    Contact: Jeff Kuwamura

  • San Antonio Alternative Housing

    49 Homes Certified

    2 Certified Level Certifications
    47 Level 1 Certifications

    Website
    1215 S. Trinity
    San Antonio, Texas 78207
    P: (210) 224-2349
    F: (210)224-9686
    Contact: Greg Cooper

  • Imagine Homes

    470 Homes Certified

    1 Certified Level
    337 Level 1 Certifications
    2 Level 1 with Solar Certifications
    94 Level 2 Certifications
    2 Level 2 with Solar Certifications

    Website
    11467 Huebner, Suite 225
    San Antonio, Texas 78230
    P: (210) 877-5900
    F: (210) 877-1610
    Contact: John Friesenhahn
    email

  • GREEN Home Realty

  • Pest Shield

  • Home Team Pest Defense

  • Meridian Solar

    Meridian Solar
    4109 Todd Lane, Suite 900
    Austin, TX 78744
    P: (512) 448-0055
    P: (210) 544-7450
    Contact: Matt Haecker
    email

  • Solar Community

  • Native Construction & Renewable

  • T&N Insulation

  • South Texas Insulation

  • Key Insulation

  • Superior Insulation Systems

  • LgO Services

  • Home Inspections by Rolf

  • Green Zone Home

    Website
    140 Heimer Road, Suite 195
    San Antonio Texas 78232
    P: (210) 495-0200
    Contact

  • DPIS Engineering

  • ATS Engineering

  • Titan Electric

  • Texas Timber Frames

  • Texas Rainfall Catchment

  • Southwest Exteriors

  • Sola-Lite

  • Shafer Services

  • Pella Products of South Texas

  • Lighting Inc.

  • The Gallery of Lighting

  • Dakin A/C

  • Cold Fire Signs

  • Builders FirstSource

  • Ancaster Design Stained Concrete

  • AAA Windows & Doors

  • Hill Country Home Engineering

    Hill Country Home Energy Consulting
    26317 Sunny Meadow
    San Antonio TX 78260
    P:(210) 846-9839
    Contact: John Knight
    jbknight05@mac.com

  • Alamo Green Solutions

  • CVF Homes

    CVF Homes
    118 Broadway Ste. 224
    San Antonio, TX 78205
    P: (210) 601-9582
    F: (210) 693-1308
    Contact: Juan Fernandez
    email

  • Veritas Building Consultants