Community
Chip Henderson, AIA, CEM, LEED Faculty
October 27, 2012

I’m starting to notice some common traits in the creative leaders involved in affordable housing – a wonderful combination of grit and grace. Their ability to combine determination and perseverance with refinement and style is truly worthy of applause.  In 2010, New Hope Housing in Houston built Texas' first LEED certified affordable housing project - and it is Platinum! - a huge feat by a not-for-profit organization.

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Design
Chip Henderson, AIA, CEM, LEED Faculty
September 8, 2012

Hurricane Isaac ironically marked the fifth year of actor Brad Pitt's modernistic post-Katrina housing development in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The impact of the 86 or so homes already completed as part of the Make It Right project is undeniable. With the exception of a few pieces of loose siding, the homes did not sustain any structural damage by the tropical storm force winds and rain of Hurricane Isaac. All of the homes are engineered and built to withstand 136-mile-per-hour winds using advanced framing techniques which actually use 25% less framing lumber than typical homes.


The neighborhood is truly coming back and coming together with a unique architectural identity. The first few cutting-edge designs looked out of place to those expecting to see Acadian or plantation architecture, but the avant-garde residential designs by 21 renowned architecture firms such as BNIM, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Gehry Partners, Adjaye Associates and Concordia have blended in way to create a remarkable and real neighborhood. The hard working folks at the Make It Right Foundation and the local architectural firm of John C. Williams & Associates are succeeding in pulling together an architecturally and financially ambitious redevelopment project.  The sustainably built LEED Platinum certified homes are energy-efficient, more comfortable and safer than the pre-Hurricane Katrina homes. Good job team!


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LEED
Chip Henderson, AIA, CEM, LEED Faculty
August 25, 2012

The LEED for Homes Rating System includes a credit and points for implementing nontoxic pest control measures. Part (a) of SS 5. under Pest Control Alternatives says; “Keep all exterior wood at least 12” above soil.” Depending on how Section R319 of the IRC applies to your project, all wood (siding, sheathing and framing) will (or should) be at least 6 inches and possibly 8 inches above the soil anyway.

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Government Policy
Chip Henderson, AIA, CEM, LEED Faculty
August 16, 2012

The Sunset Advisory Commission will be conducting their periodic review of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) over the next few weeks. The State grants the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners authority to oversee the examination, registration, and professional regulation of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects.

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LEED
Chip Henderson, AIA, CEM, LEED Faculty
July 23, 2012

The LEED for Homes Green Rating System prohibits the introduction of invasive species into the landscape.

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