Mueller Takes the LEED: Sample Sustainable Features

These row houses add to the residential mix at Mueller.
These row houses add to the residential mix at Mueller. (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Two Platinum, two Gold, and two Silver LEED-certified commercial buildings.

Highest concentration of homes with three-, four-, and five-star energy efficiency certification in the Austin Energy Green Building program.

About 75 acres of completed parks and open spaces – more than 50% of the planned 140 acres.

Of the national chains located in Mueller's retail center, required to conform to its high energy-efficiency standards, at least one has now adopted those standards nationally for all new stores.

Using the Austin Water Utility's "purple pipe" reclaimed water system.

Requires primarily native and drought-tolerant plants in all commercial, residential, and park landscaping; disallows plants designated as invasive species.

On-site Mueller Energy Center converts "waste heat" into free energy in the form of chilled water.

Home to Austin's largest public art project: SunFlowers: An Electric Garden, featuring solar panel "petals."

Rescued more than 500 mature, native pecan trees destined for destruction in a nearby county and transplanted them to Mueller open spaces.

Recycled the runways from the old airport.

For more, visit www.muelleraustin.com/green.

The LEED-ND Rating Scale

Possible points
Smart Location & Linkage 27
Neighborhood Pattern & Design44
Green Infrastructure & Buildings 29
Bonus points:
Innovation & Design Process 6
Regional Priority Credit 4
Total 100

The Mueller development scored 51 out of a possible 100 points to earn designation as a LEED Silver certified plan.

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