Sustainable Building Ideas from Austin's CMPBS!

Sustainable Building Ideas from Austin's CMPBS!

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 2, 2009

If you're into the latest innovations in green building design, you must check out this local non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging more sustainable design and building practices ...

The engineers, architects and interns who collaborate with the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, or CMPBS, work on a variety of projects, ranging from building and master planning design services, lectures on their ideas, environmental and green specifications consulting, policy initiatives like green builder programs, and LEED project management.

More than just a consulting agency, CMPBS aims to push the envelope of sustainable design, using eco-balance and life cycle design approaches and emphasizing a building's relationship with its region. Using ideas like energy created by renewable sources, on-site rain harvesting, material reuse, regenerative air ideas and on-site wastewater processing, their objective is to "balance space use and the associated resource use internal to a building with the external land area required to maintain equilibrium between life cycle stages." And of course, to achieve all of this while still creating a gorgeous-looking building.

CMPBS has put together many of these ideas and more in their Advanced Green Builder Demonstration Home in Austin, which also acts as their headquarters, office, and studio. And luckily for Austin residents, they hold open houses occasionally, the next one coming up this Friday, September 4th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at their AGBD building located at 8604 FM 969. We strongly encourage you to visit their website to learn more about all that they do (which just can't be summed up properly in a short post), to see more photos of their collaborative projects, and find out how you can implement more sustainable features in your own home.

Have you heard of the CMPBS before? Is there an organization in your own city with similar aims and goals? What would you say is the source you go to most for sustainable inspiration in your own home? Let us know!

(Image: Blake Gordon, courtesy of the CMPBS website)

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