Domain Northside earns nine Austin Energy Green Building ratings

Tess Cagle |
Source: Community Impact Newspaper

Domain Northside has earned nine Austin Energy Green Building ratings for numerous projects in the community, including the Rock Rose buildings, Archer Austin Hotel and Nordstrom.

“It’s important to be a partner when it comes to making our environment and our community greener,” Domain Northside General Manager Aj Coffee said Tuesday morning. “To be sustainable—that’s important to us. We will continue to work on it.”

Leslie Pool, District 7 Austin City Council member; Debbie Kimberly, vice president of Customer Energy Solutions at Austin Energy; and representatives from Nordstrom and community members were present at the announcement Tuesday morning.

“It’s an honor to be here celebrating this accomplishment,” Pool said

Kimberly called Tuesday a “red letter day” for her as she awarded Domain Northside nine Austin Energy Green Building ratings:

  • Rock Rose: 3 stars
  • Archer Hotel Austin: 2 stars
  • Nordstrom: 2 stars
  • Domain Northside Y2 building, home to retailers such as Filson, Joie and Bonobos: 2 stars
  • Domain Northside D1 Retail and D2, including shops Upscale Lashes and Drybar, and C13 parking garages: 2 stars
  • Domain Northside Y3 and Y4 retail buildings, including restaurants Culinary Dropout, Taverna and Flower Child and parking garage: 3 stars
  • Domain Northside C9/C11 Block: 2 stars
  • Domain Northside W2/W3 Block: 2 stars
  • Domain Northside Z2/Z3 Block: 2 stars

Commercial buildings in the green building program can earn up to five stars, with the first star meaning the building fulfills basic requirements. Buildings earn points based on integrated design, energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality and materials used, according to the green building guidebook.

Development agreements with the city of Austin require all properties at Domain Northside earn either an Austin Energy Green Building rating or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, according to a news release.

Kimberly said green features at Domain Northside include LED lighting, easy access to public transportation, pedestrian-oriented walkways, water filling stations and street recycling. About 70 percent of the space is dedicated to local businesses and more than 60 percent of materials were Texas-sourced, she said.