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Friday, March 20 • 9:30am - 11:30am
BRIT: Sustainable Architecture in Texas

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The BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas), a research center with a herbarium of over 450,000 specimens and a botanical library, is a prime example of a sustainable LEED platinum building and campus. See up close what qualifies as a LEED platinum building under the guidance of a certified LEED architect.

The building was designed to accomplish several key goals: reduce energy and water consumption, enhance indoor environmental quality, and use recyclable and renewable materials. This was achieved through daylighting, photovoltaic panels (solar energy), low-flow and low-energy fixtures, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) materials, wool and linen furnishings, certified wood products, and recycled-content steel and rubber, to name a few. In addition, the BRIT landscape — with its native plants, vegetated walls, bioswalls, living roof, and retention pond — was designed to eliminate use of potable water, reduce overall maintenance costs, curb energy consumption, extend the life of building materials, mitigate urban heat island effects, and manage onsite stormwater. Become sustainable savvy.
Maximum Participants: 23
Fee: $30
Accessibility: Walking, standing, getting on and off bus.
Transportation: Bus. Meet your tour wrangler at 9:15 a.m. at the Houston Street entrance of the Omni Fort Worth.

Friday March 20, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am CDT
Botanical Research Institute of Texas 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107

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