Category Archives: Green Building

LR Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Green Retirement Community


The Little Rock Housing Authority broke ground last week on a 40-unit energy-efficient apartment complex for senior citizens.

Called the Legacy Homes at Granite Mountain, the complex will be located on top of Granite Mountain near the intersection of Springer Boulevard and Gilliam Park Road, next to the Little Rock Audubon Center.

Housing officials said Legacy Homes will be the first green housing project for the elderly in the state. Plans call for solar panels on the roofs, the use of recycled metal and composite siding, rain cisterns, and drought-tolerant plants. The homes will have LED exterior lighting and energy-saving appliances, according to architect Tom Fennell.

The project, which is estimated at more than $6 million, will be paid in part by a $2.25 million federal stimulus grant and a $590,000 match from the housing authority. The agency expects to raise $3 million or more by selling tax credits.

RSVP for U.S. Green Building Council – AR Chapter Monthly Meetings

RSVP for one or both of the U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter meetings.

Central Branch November 18th Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Next Level Events, Genesis III Room
1400 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201

RSVP via Anyvite by Nov 15 at noon.

Topic: Sustainable Building Operations: LEED for Existing Buildings
Presenters: Debbie Shock, Clinton Library Facilities Manager, and Danielle Shafer, TME
$18 USGBC AR Members, $25 Guests Cash, Check, Credit Card. Guests are welcome.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to list ways the Clinton Library selects and uses maintenance products in their LEED Platinum operations.
  2. Participants will be able to list ways building owners can operate their facilities to maximize energy savings while still keeping users comfortable.
  3. Participants will be able to list ways building owenrs can operate their facilities to maximize water savings.
  4. Participants will be able to list ways that LEED EB O&M can be applied to existing buildings and lessons learned from seeking this certification.

AIA 1 HSW/SD Live, general GBCI 1 Hour

West Branch Nov 16th Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
2898 S 48th Street,Springdale, AR

RSVP via Anyvite by Nov 15 at noon.

Topic: Strategies for Success in LEED; Regional & Renewable Materials
Presenters: USGBC National Faculty via Webinar

Come hear about the West Branch Educational Programs for 2011 and earn AIA and GBCI Credentials Maintenance Hours.

Admission: Free to USGBCAR Members, $5 Catered Executive Lunch: $5 USGBC AR Members, $15 Guests. Cash or Check at door. Guests are welcome.

RSVP by Nov 15 at noon with lunch preference in comments.

AIA 1 HSW/SD GBCI 1.5 Hour

Thursday To-Do: U.S. Green Building Council Residential Green Discussion Group

Interested in building or renovating your home using green design and materials? Then, join this discussion group hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter, tomorrow, September 23 between noon and 1 p.m. at Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Avenue) in downtown Little Rock.

North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays will discuss what he and the City of North Little Rock are doing to promote citywide sustainability.

No reservation necessary for this free event. Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact Anncha Briggs at anncha1@aol.com.

RSVP for U.S. Green Building Council – Central Branch Monthly Meeting

RSVP for the U.S. Green Building Council – Central Branch’s monthly meeting, Thursday, Otober 21 between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Next Level Event (1400 W. Markham) in Little Rock. Don Moseley, Director of Sustainable Facilities with Wal-Mart, will discuss ways Wal-mart uses sustainable design principles in their facilities.

$18 for USGBC members, $25 for non-members.

To RSVP, visit here.

Saturday To-Do: National Solar Home in Little Rock

WHAT: National Solar Home in Little Rock

WHEN: Saturday, October 2 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: At the following solar homes in Little Rock.

  • 21 Overlook Drive – Home of Bill and Marcie Ball
  • 29 Overlook Drive – Home of Jeannine Phelps
  • 16 Woodglen Park – Home of Mike and Francine Johnson

Conducted by the Arkansas Renewable Energy Association (AREA) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).

Free, Open House – No Reservations. Each location will have a Tour Guide.

For more information, visit: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=111137912274129.

Thursday To-Do: U.S. Green Building Council Residential Green Discussion Group

Interested in building or renovating your home using green design and materials? Then, join this discussion group hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter, tomorrow, September 23 between noon and 1 p.m. at Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Avenue) in downtown Little Rock.

Scott Reed, President of Greenmoore Homes and Managing Director with Reed Realty Advisors, LLC, will discuss the Mid-Town Housing Project, Reed’s project with a focus on building affordable energy star homes in the Midtown area of Little Rock.

No reservation necessary for this free event. Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact Anncha Briggs at anncha1@aol.com.

Tuesday To-Do: Dean of University of AR School of Architecture to Discuss Affordable Sustainable Homes

Jeff Shannon, Dean of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, will give the first lecture of the 2010-2011 Art of Architecture public lecture series. His talk, “Reaching Out: Little Rock and the Fay Jones School of Architecture”, will take place Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. It will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception in the lower lobby.

Shannon will discuss the school’s timely, innovative Design/Build Program and its recent implementation in Little Rock. Earlier this year, a team of 15 students were challenged with building an affordable, sustainable home accommodating the needs of the couple who were to live there.

Students designed and built a 1,200-square-foot modular home on a vacant lot at 16th and Commerce streets. Students constructed the modular components in a Fayetteville warehouse under the leadership of associate professor Michael
Hughes. Those components were then trucked to Little Rock and assembled by the students on site. The first of its kind in the region, the home is intended to serve as a model for others in the community. Project participants, as well as the house’s new owners, will be on hand to take part to the discussoon. The public is invited.

Sponsors of the Art of Architecture lecture series are the Arkansas Arts Center, the Fay Jones school of Architecture, the Central Arkansas Chapter of the AIA and Friends of Architecture.

For more information about this and other Art of Architecture lectures and programs, contact June Freeman at (501) 664-6496 or junef99@comcast.net.