Zero Energy

Framework @ Block 10

Hicks VenturesHouston, Texas

As Houston’s first mass timber office building, the Framework @ Block 10 sets a new standard for sustainability and environmental stewardship by targeting zero operational carbon emissions. The entire six-story, 210,000-square-foot structure will be constructed using sustainably sourced heavy timber. A sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, timber’s carbon storage capabilities allow the building to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 60%.

To achieve net zero energy / zero carbon, CMTA minimized wasteful energy use by incorporating energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, rainwater harvesting, full roof solar panels, and LED lighting with sensor technology. The strategic use of mass timber significantly contributes to environmental conservation, completely eliminating outdoor potable municipal water consumption and reducing indoor potable municipal water consumption by 50%. The building also incorporates an innovative underfloor air distribution system, enhancing air quality and thermal comfort. Complementing these efforts, the developer plans to source and use 100% renewable energy, both from power providers and the building’s own photovoltaic systems.

In addition to carbon reduction, studies have shown that incorporating wood into workplace environments is linked to notable improvements in concentration and personal productivity, as well as a reduction in sympathetic nervous activity and blood pressure levels. Paired with optimal indoor air quality strategies and exceptional occupant access to daylight through modeling and simulations, the building will have a positive impact on occupant wellness. Through the incorporation of cutting-edge sustainability and health and wellness design strategies, the building is targeting both LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum certifications.