HARC will partner with City of Houston to develop its Climate Action Plan. “In follow up to our work on the City of Houston’s Sustainability Action Plan, this initiative will support environmental sustainability community-wide,” states Dr. Gavin Dillingham, HARC's Program Director, Clean Energy Policy.
Researchers Gavin Dillingham and Carlos Gamarra, leading the DOE’s CHP Southcentral and Upperwest CHP TAPs, recently published an article in the American Public Gas Association (APGA) trade association publication “The Source.” The article discusses how CHP can improve a facilities resilience and keep the lights on during and after a major power outage event.
HARC’s Dr. Erin Kinney discusses the impact of impervious surfaces on the recent flood events including Hurricane Harvey in the recent PBS broadcast NOVA: Rise of the Superstorms. Dr. Kinney’s work on land use change and wetland loss in the Houston-Galveston region highlights the importance of wetlands for flood mitigation and protecting water quality.
The May/June issue of Texas Architect features articles on how the state’s changing energy landscape is affecting architecture. Rives Taylor, Regional Sustainability Leader within Gensler’s Houston office and lead designer of the HARC facility, comments on the high performance features of the building in his article, Electric Eye.
Through the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, HARC was one of the leading researchers to release a report on flood mitigation infrastructure, drainage, buyouts and development regulations in the Greater Houston area.
Each year, the Houston Business Journal's Landmark Awards recognize real estate projects that are making a significant impression on the Houston landscape and improve the look, feel and image of the city. HARC was honored to learn that its LEED-Platinum facility is a finalist in the “Headquarters Move” category.
Houston Matters talk with Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Program Director for Clean Energy Policy at the Houston Advanced Research Center; and Lara Cottingham, Deputy Assistant Director for the City of Houston’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department to explore the ramification on NRG's decision.
"That juxtaposition of development patterns with wetland and habitat loss are two things that have led to where we are, given our recurring flooding issues," said Lisa Gonzalez, HARC's President and CEO.
HARC’s green headquarters, constructed by Brookstone LP and designed by Gensler, was presented the Award of Merit in the Engineering News Record Texas & Louisiana's 2017 Best Projects on October 18, 2017.
HARC’s LEED Platinum headquarters was recently featured in Modern Steel Construction, the official publication of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The article highlighted the Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) undertaken by the project’s civil engineering partner, Walter P Moore, and the resulting utilization of a steel-framed structure, one that led to a 20% reduction in embodied CO2 associated with the building’s structural and enclosure systems.
HARC President Lisa Gonzalez and Galveston Bay Foundation’s Bob Stokes appeared on KPRC 2’s Houston Newsmakers to discuss the 2017 Galveston Bay Report Card and the likely impacts of Hurricane Harvey on Houston’s biggest natural resource.
HARC's Geospatial Technologies researcher Bill Bass contributes maps to article discussing Houston flooding and the need for current data. For more information, explore HARC researchers Lisa Gonzalez and Erin Kinney’s Texas General Land Office sponsored http://harcresearch.org/wetlandplanningtool.
The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) will team up with HARC and other US oil and gas industry partners to conduct and manage a real-world survey that will more accurately determine levels of methane emitting from marginal wells in the United States.
Study conducted by Texas A&M University and HARC highlighted at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC). This study outlines steps companies can take to address community anxieties over new energy development.
“What we expect to see over time is more frequent and more intense weather events. Festivals and people attending them will increasingly have to plan for storms that drop two to four inches of rain in an hour,” said Lisa Gonzalez, HARC's President and CEO.
“This building is not only a testimony to the legacy of my parents, Cynthia and George Mitchell, but also to the HARC staff and the important research that is carried out every day," said Todd Mitchell, Chairman of the HARC Board of Directors.
"This building for us is a representation of our mission. We like to say we help people thrive and nature flourish. This building is an embodiment of that, the way it exists in the environment and the way we’re hoping it will help us better connect to the community," said HARC's Lisa Gonzalez.