Green Building Practices in Exterior and Interior Designs

Based in Montgomery, Texas, William “Bill” Starkey was the CEO of Starkey Construction, LLC, for more than 35 years. William Starkey emphasized using project oversight that adheres to the highest levels of sustainability when it comes to building materials and energy efficiency.

An article in the Harvard Business Review provides in-depth information on just what makes building practices “green” and how this objective can be attained at various levels. One aspect of this involves the actual shape and configuration of the building. For example, a structure that is narrow and extends lengthwise, depending on its position relative to the sun, surrounding buildings, and natural features, can maximize available ventilation and natural lighting.

At the same time, placing fixed elements such as HVAC and other mechanical systems, bathrooms, and stairs within the interior core allows for an open perimeter design. This enables maximum sunlight to reach offices and workspaces and cuts down on energy usage. Another aspect of this centers on operable skylights and windows that allow for natural ventilation when the temperature is moderate. Low-emission glazing on windows can further cut glare and interior solar heat gains to the minimum. The result of these building design innovations is energy usage that is substantially less than standard buildings of comparable size.

Water Efficiency in New Construction

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William “Bill” Starkey spent 37 years as the chief executive officer of Starkey Construction in Waxahachie, Texas, which was ranked by BuildZoom.com in the top 37 percent of more than 222,000 Texas licensed contractors. Under William Starkey’s guidance, the Montgomery construction firm utilized a number of strategies to improve water efficiency.

Construction designs that conserve water not only save home and business owners money, but also add value and aesthetic appeal to properties. As water becomes more expensive and scarce, water-efficient designs are in high demand.

On the interior, builders can install water-conserving plumbing features such as waterless urinals or low-flow toilets, which can cut indoor water use by roughly 30 percent. Outdoors, planting native and drought-tolerant plants reduces water consumption, while installing a rainwater harvesting and irrigation system minimizes the need for watering. In commercial settings, shallow, tree-lined canals called bioswales collect rainwater and reduce runoff from hard surfaces such as parking lots, in addition to creating attractive green landscaping.

Affordable and Sustainable Housing for Low-Income Households

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A Montgomery, Texas resident, William “Bill” Starkey led Starkey Construction for more than 35 years. The company built luxury homes, schools, churches, and hospitals using premium materials. Besides custom-built homes, William Starkey is also interested in sustainability regarding house design, construction methods, and execution.

Advocates of sustainable design and construction assert that low-income individuals and families will benefit more in the long run if they live in houses that are not only affordable but also energy-efficient, durable, and have better indoor air quality. This notion comes at an opportune time when state housing agencies are prioritizing building more affordable housing for millions of low-income households.

To reach a middle-ground, designers and architects that are pro-green housing analyze different ways to achieve affordable and sustainable living for people in need. Some are diverting funds from landscaping and other non-essential parts of a house into energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, doors, windows, and appliances. In some cases, switching to eco-friendly paints and coatings can reduce exposure to harmful chemicals. Meanwhile, using low-flush toilets is efficient and economical.