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Ronald McDonald House Awarded Platinum LEED Certification

Located in the heart of Austin, a leading city in energy conservation, the Ronald McDonald House of Austin and Central Texas is the first green Ronald McDonald House in the world. It is the first building in the city of Austin to attain the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest level of green building in the United States.
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The new Ronald McDonald House of Austin and Central Texas that opened late last year at the Mueller redevelopment is the first building in Austin to achieve a platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification was announced this week.

The 28,500-square-foot new home of the nonprofit opened in December and provides 30 guest rooms to families of children receiving treatment at Austin-area medical centers, particularly the adjacent Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Also included in the house’s design are butterfly and rooftop gardens, a children’s playground and a picnic area.

Austin-based landscape architecture firm TBG provided sustainable design, site planning and landscape architectural services for the four-story building. The Beck Group served as the general contractor and Austin-based Eckols & Associates was the architect.

The Ronald McDonald House also has a 10.8 kilowatt solar array on the rooftop, which was donated and funded by Green Mountain Energy Co. and Austin Energy. Consisting of 54 photovoltaic solar panels and covering nearly 950 square feet of roof space, the array will power at least half of the rooms in the house via solar energy. It also minimizes emission of harmful greenhouse gases, offsetting more than 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. The array makes this the first solar-powered Ronald McDonald House in the world.

Source: Austin Business Journal

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