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The World’s First LEED Gold Certified Fab

In 2004, Texas Instruments embarked on an ambitious project to build the world’s first "green", LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) semiconductor manufacturing facility in an effort to reduce construction and operating costs and the company’s impact on the environment.

LEED labAfter collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute, months of research, careful planning and innovative design, construction of the company’s first high-efficiency, millionsquare-foot chip fab was initiated. The office building and the manufacturing facility were both awarded a Gold LEED Certification.

Although building "green" required some additional investment to realize long-term operating benefits, it added up to less than 1 percent of the construction budget. In addition, the plant was successfully built for an estimated 30 percent less in cost than a similar TI manufacturing plant constructed just 6 miles away only a few years
earlier. This latter achievement increased the building’s cost competitiveness among other semiconductor manufacturing facilities being built outside of the U.S.

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Lady Bird Johnson Middle School – Irving, Texas

Middle School in Irving is largest net zero energy school in the nation! Beautiful too…

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School / Corgan Associates


Lady Bird Johnson School

What if a school could be designed and built to produce as much energy (on site) as it consumes from the electric grid? What if there was little or no need for electricity for use of air-conditioning, lighting or power? Limited gas bill for heating, hot water, or cooking food and no water bill for ground irrigation?

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US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson School
Texas is known for the Alamo, spicy Tex-Mex food, big Stetson hats, and now it also has the nation’s largest net-zero public school. Welcoming its first students this past fall, the Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving Texas is a 152,000 square foot facility that produces as much energy as it uses thanks to wind turbines, solar panels, and a slew of the most advanced green technologies and building techniques. Dallas-based firm Corgan Associates led the design team, which incorporated a variety of experts to create a school that serves not only as a classroom, but also as a teacher of sustainability and energy-efficiency.

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Solar will light nation’s largest net-zero school

Lady Bird Johnson SchoolWhen Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving, Texas, opens in August, a 583-kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation will help to make it the largest net-zero school in the country.

Net-zero means the school will produce as much energy as it uses, drawing nothing from the communal electricity grid.

"We’re really excited," said Scott Layne, assistant superintendent in charge of operations for the Irving Independent School District. "We know we’re going to be the first net-zero school in Texas. And we may be the only middle school in the country."

The school will open in August with 800 students and is built to hold up to 1,000, Layne said.

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Lady Bird Johnson Middle School – Irving, Texas