Plano Environmental Education Center (Plano EEC)

4116 W. Plano Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75093

Tour Hours: 9:30am - 4pm

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Built in 2010, the Environmental Education Center (EEC) is one of the City of Plano's first green buildings and is certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The design incorporates many sustainable features. (Green inside and out). LEED Platinum Certified. And this year you can learn how to green your home from a real estate expert! (see below for details)

 

Learn how to green your home from a real estate expert!

New to the Tour this year are green building educational presentations by Beth Johnson, with Keller Williams Realty. Beth is the first realtor on the planet to earn the “Quadruple Crown” of green building credentials and will present throughout the day, at the Plano Environmental Education Center. Also presenting is Larry Howe with Plano Solar Advocates. Larry will present "Solar 101", which covers key topics when considering solar energy systems for your home.

Built in 2010, the EEC is one of Plano’s first green buildings certified as LEED Platinum. Come see this innovative tour site and learn how to green your home from a real estate expert!

 Time  Presentation  Speaker
 9:30 a.m.  Solar 101   Larry Howe
 10 a.m.  "Green Homes are Better for People, Pocketbook and Planet" - new construction  Beth Johnson
 Keller Williams Realty
 11 a.m.  Self-guided tours of the EEC
  
 Noon  "Greening Your Home for Yourself and Resale" - retrofitting existing homes  Beth Johnson
 Keller Williams Realty
 1 p.m.  "Green Homes are Better for People, Pocketbook and Planet" - new construction
  Beth Johnson
 Keller Williams Realty
 2:30 p.m. Solar 101
 Larry Howe
 3 p.m.  "Greening Your Home for Yourself and Resale" - retrofitting existing homes
 Beth Johnson
 Keller Williams Realty


Renewable energy features

Solar PV

kW:  10.25
Installation date:  2010
Installer/contractor: Axium Solar, Plano, TX http://www.axiumsolar.com

Equipment

Enphase Microinverters, REC 225W panels

Wind

kW  2.4
Installation date: 2010
Installer: Axium Solar   http://www.axiumsolar.com

Equipment

60ft tall turbine, SkyStream 3.7

Solar Hot Water

Installation date: 2010
Installer: Fisher Renewables, LLC.  http://www.solarsysinstall.com/

Retail Electric Provider

Texas Coalition for Affordable Power   http://tcaptx.com

Energy Monitoring

Installation date: 2010
Installer: Johnson Controls  http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/
Equipment: Enlighten System

 

Green features

  • Rain water catchment
    Installation date: 2010
    Installer: Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Jeremy Delost
    Equipment: 2 rain cisterns (one open face 2,093 gallons, closed 20,000 gallons)
  • LEED Certified: Yes, LEED Platinum certified
  • Passive Solar Design: Yes
  • Roof:  Metal & Living roof
  • Blink electric vehicle charging station ($1.50/hr)
  • Low water use landscape: Yes, Texas SmartScape, native and adapted plants, Texas Pure compost and mulch
  • Lighting: CFL indoors, LED outdoors, motion sensors, timed outdoor lighting, daylighting
  • Sustainable material use in building construction

 

Host Comments

Built in 2010, the Environmental Education Center (EEC) is one of the City of Plano's first green buildings and is certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. The design incorporates many sustainable features. (Green inside and out).

Architectural site orientation and layout plan for maximum energy efficiency (roof overhangs, east-west orientation, shade)

Use of recycled / renewable / nontoxic materials (low VOC paint and adhesives, reclaimed wood, compressed recycled paper counters, recycled glass terrazzo flooring and fly-ash concrete)

Energy efficient and renewable energy technologies (solar panels, natural lighting, photovoltaics, wind turbine and living green roof)

Water conservation (rainwater harvesting, gray-water recycling, low-flow water system, efficient irrigation methods)

Educational applications (interpretive displays, interactive programs, workshops and public presentations)