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We're #6! We're #6!

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Just found this today. Perhaps it's irrelevant or old news...

As of 2009, Houston ranked relative to other US cities by the EPA:

#6 in terms of number of energy-star buildings (133)

#2 in total floorspace of these buildings (64 million sq. ft.)

#3 in total cost savings ($73.9 million)

#1 in "emissions prevented" (53,400 homes equivalence)

Houston dropped from #3 in number of buildings to #6 this year. I would think one of the other measures is more relevant, but what do I know...?

Source here.

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A lot of this has to do with that we've simply had so many more buildings constructed here in recent years than have been constructed in other parts of the country. ...which is ironic, because the greenest city is one whose economy and population are shrinking.

Admittedly, it helps that the City of Houston has adopted a particularly stringent Energy Code. On the other hand, Energy Star and LEED don't exactly adjust for differences in climate, so a 'green' building here may not be as 'green' as one in a more temperate locale.

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