The office of Beusa Energy, a leader in the acquisition, development, production and exploration of oil and natural gas properties, has been awarded LEED® Gold. The project earned 62 credits under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ID+C Rating System established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Designed by Abel Design Group, Ltd. and constructed by O’Donnell/Snider Construction, Inc, the space includes a number of green design and construction strategies that positively impact both the tenant occupants and the broader community. By incorporating these methods, the project was able to:

  • Divert 92% of all on-site generated construction waste from the landfill
  • Use FSC Certified Wood for 100% of all wood based building materials
  • Protect Indoor Air Quality by using Low Emitting paint, coating, adhesives, sealants and composite wood
  • Specify Energy Star Compliant products for 100% of all installed equipment and appliances
  • Achieve a reduction of 36% in water usage by specifying high efficiency fixtures
  • Use products manufactured within 500 miles of the project site for 25% of total building materials
  • Reduce the connected lighting power by 32% with the help of Lutron EcoSystem® Controls
  • Include products with high recycled content which combine to represent 16% of all building materials

“There are so many ways to approach LEED ID+C, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which areas to focus on. With this project, we knew we wanted to achieve significant reductions in energy and water usage. This lead to design challenges, especially with some of the details we wanted to include in the corridors,” remarked Megan Stark, “We employed glass doors and sidelights for all of the perimeter private offices to allow light to enter the circulation space – thus allowing us to use some of our wattage allowances on design features which otherwise would have been omitted.”

Jeffrey Abel added, Beusa Energy’s commitment to the environment and their sustainability efforts are commendable. This project shows that LEED Gold is achievable even where LEED was not a base building consideration.

Even after the fact, Megan continues to focus on the green future of the area, “The base building is not LEED certified, but fortunately, The Woodlands and the Waterway development offer many amenities which contribute to the walk-ability of the location. There are also extensive dedicated bicycle trails that run right in front of the building’s entrance. If we could get similar trails throughout more of Houston, I think we would see a substantial increase in the number of daily bicycle commuters.”

About Abel Design Group
Abel Design Group, Ltd. is a boutique Architectural and Interior Design firm located in Houston, Texas. ADG was founded by Jeffrey Abel in 2001. This is ADG’s second Interiors project to achieve LEED® Gold. The Design Team was led by Jeffrey Abel, the Project Manager was Ezgi Bozkurt and Megan Stark served as LEED Coordinator. All are LEED Accredited Professionals.