Houston Rockets Go from Red to Green
The home of NBA’s Houston Rockets, The Houston Toyota Centre has recently earned certification through the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Program. The venue becomes the only such one in Texas to be certified and joins Portland, Miami and Atlanta as the only NBA teams with green facilities.
This particular part of LEED certification refers to an existing buildings ability to utilize best practices to use less energy, water and natural resources, improve the indoor environment and uncover any operational inefficiencies.
Apart from environmental preservation there are a number of other benefits in incorporating LEED for Existing Buildings. LEED reduces overall costs of operations, provides problem-solving guidelines, improves building performance, creates healthier and more productive workspaces and promotes public recognition, in this case for the Houston Rockets. The operations and maintenance part of this refers to empowering the owners and managers with the tools to implement sustainable best practices and reduce environmental impacts of the building.
These select few teams who have endeavoured on obtaining LEED certification have received no financial assistance or pressure from the NBA. It takes only the efforts from one team to set of a chain reaction, which is what we are currently witnessing. Lets hope it filters down into other major sports to set an example for the rest of the world.