Leed Certification
Materials and Resources

Cypresswood Estates


Harris County Housing Authority


Houston, TX

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Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA) believes affordable housing is more than vouchers and rental properties. It is working to establish neighborhoods that promote balance and stability for families and individuals who need help getting back on their feet. HCHA is progressive, innovative and performance driven. As a recognized leader in affordable housing since 1975, HCHA has promoted innovative housing solutions that go beyond conventional boundaries of affordable housing. “We pride ourselves in offering the highest quality housing and assistance programs designed to create desirable, livable, and sustainable communities.” Guy Rankin, CEO and Executive Director.


Harris County Housing Authority partnered with Watermark Construction to develop Cypresswood Estates, a high quality affordable housing community for seniors. Cypresswood Estates is HCHA’s first project seeking LEED Platinum certification through US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green rating program. To achieve established energy and environmental goals for this 88-unit senior development, HCHA and the project team is using the LEED for Homes residential program to guide the design and construction process. Planned features include an energy efficient building enclosure, water efficient plumbing fixtures, rainwater catchment, native landscaping, and healthy interior finishes.

Guy Rankin says this is just the start."I think everybody will do this in the future. I think it makes sense, especially with the limited resources out there. Government has limited resources, so most people are looking for smarter government. Not a bigger government, not a smaller government, but a smarter government and this is definitely the smart way to go."

Contects’ is working with the project team to balance the challenges of above-code building performance with affordability and a tight construction schedule, provide third-party quality assurance, and field verify the selected LEED measures.

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