Sustainability Statistics

Land

  • The project was developed in the museum district. A mixture of residential single family homes and apartment complex mix with cultural centers. The site and building position continue the pattern.
  • A pre-design soil assessment was conducted allowing for existing soils to be amended.

Planting

  • 80 trees were planted.
  • Two trees were saved on-site.
  • The project avoids annual planting.
  • Native plants blend with Asian flora offering visitors a transition and authenticity associated with the mission of the center.

Water

  • 66% permeable surfaces on the building block.
  • The site design mitigates runoff.
  • The trees can intercept 40,000 gallons of stormwater runoff on-site, which is equivalent to the water usage for 400 American residents for one day.*

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • A geothermal heating and cooling system were installed under the parking lot with 117 wells installed 250 feet underground. This is the first time this system was built in Houston, saving $7,000 -10,000 a month in electricity charges.
  • The trees sequester 9,600 pounds of carbon annually.**
  • Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke was minimized through designated smoke-free zones and prohibited smoking on-site.

Social

  • The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
  • The building serves the highly diverse Houston community by offering a continuous series of programs and events, focused on arts and culture, business and policy, education and outreach, and exhibitions.
  • Users are still satisfied. Facebook has a rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 stars with more than 10,000 check-ins.
* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)
**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center
Asia Society Texas Center

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