While most of our projects are for individuals or families, we also understand that each project we design exists within the greater context of the community. Community involvement creates meaning and balance for our office, and it enriches our design process. Not only do we view our projects with the perspective of the client, but also as part of the city, and the green building movement.

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2012 Houston Solar Tour

Mark your Calendar for October 20th! – Houston Solar Tour

Each year RD Architecture plays a role in the Houston Solar Tour, hosted by the Houston Renewable Energy Group. The 2012 Houston Solar Tour will feature 10 projects, ranging from a four panel “Solar Shade Tree” designed and built by U of H students, to the IKEA roof – completely covered in solar panels. The goal of the tour is to raise awareness for Renewable Energy.

This year Kathleen is the Solar Tour Director, and is working on building collaborative relationships with other groups to help publicize the tour. Carolyn Bryla, our intern architect has volunteered to create the tour guide. We’ve been collecting information about the various projects to create a 24 page guide for tour goers. Read more at the HREG website: Houston Solar Tour Creates Citywide Partnerships 

“The 2012 Houston Solar Tour Committee is busy reaching out to Houston’s sustainable community to build collaborative publicity partnerships.  In a growing metropolitan area with 6 million people, publicity to a very specific group of green minded people can be a tricky proposition.  Fortunately throughout Houston we have a growing number of non-profit and for profit companies that are all trying to reach the same “green” crowd.  The idea of creating cross publicity opportunities utilizes a group’s existing marketing strategies and magnifies the effects –“We’ll tell our friends about you, and you’ll let your friends know about us.”

The Houston Solar Tour, hosted by HREG, the Houston Renewable Energy Group, began in 2004 with a small close-knit group of individuals.  The tour has evolved since then and so has Houston’s green community.  This year the Houston Solar Tour is developing partnerships with the US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects, the Houston Electric Car Association, the Consumer Energy Alliance, the City of Houston and more.  All of these groups have supported the tour in the past and this year we are strengthening that relationship.  Some partner’s will play an integral role in helping us to promote a specific tour site.   The USGBC will be promoting a LEED home, the Houston Electric Car Association will have cars at one or more tour sites, and the AIA will be promoting an AIA member designed solar project.

We also have some new organizations teaming up with us for the first time.  Cherry Demolition will be helping us promote the City of Houston Permitting Office.  By reaching out to their customer base of builders and developers, we’ll be reaching a new set of folks who may not have heard about the Solar Tour before.

Along with our publicity partners we also have a variety of sponsors who provide monetary support for the tour.  By purchasing ads, their donations help pay for printing the guide, a professional coordinating publicist, web site up keep and general expenses associated with the tour.  They’ll be present at the different tour sites – so stop by and talk to solar installers, architects, building professionals and more.

To find out more about the Houston Solar Tour visit www.houstonsolartour.com.  We are always looking for sponsors volunteers and committee members.  Instead of listening to the latest news, become part of today’s news.  Join an every growing network of folks who are eager to take renewable energy to the next level.  For more information on partnership marketing opportunities contact Kathleen Reardon, AIA, LEED AP, kathleen@rdarc.com.”