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Self-Storage Developer Tackles LEED Project in Texas

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To earn LEED certification points, at least 75 percent of all waste during construction must be recycled. The Full Goods jobsite has separate dumpsters for waste so materials may be recycled more efficiently. Wood, drywall, cardboard and similar waste is sent to a company that separates the materials and grinds them into a powder to be recycled. Steel waste serves as scrap and is recycled by a steel company. Only a minimal amount of waste ends up in a landfill.

During the construction process only adhesives, paints and solvents with a low-volatile, organic-compound rating may be used in order to maintain the high level of indoor air quality required to earn LEED points. Additionally, the site’s ductwork is capped to keep the insides clean during construction, and tight-weave air filters catch smaller particulates to maintain a higher air quality.

To top it all off, literally, the Full Goods Building will feature the largest solar energy installation in the state, generating approximately 200 kilowatts—or about one-quarter of its total energy needs—from solar panels covering the rooftop. “All in all, a tremendous amount of thought and care has gone into the design and construction of the Full Goods Building as a sustainable and energy-efficient structure,” says Plunkett.

The entire Pearl complex is undergoing a transformation to create a vibrant village on the river where urban living, great food and events, art, ideas and education all come together. Plans for the adaptive re-use of the brewery combine rehabilitation of historic structures with new construction, and were developed to ensure the project not only preserves but enhances the historic nature of the site.

Bruce Barenblat is director of operations for Artistic Builders Inc. Previously, he was a contract/operations vice president and general counsel for a private contractor. He joined the ABI/Capco team in 2008. For more information, visit

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