Image Courtesy: Casey Dunn
Image Courtesy: Casey Dunn
Image Courtesy: Casey Dunn

The Dixon Water Foundation Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion

5,400 FT2
Decatur, TX, USA
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing / Energy Services / Commissioning / Life Safety and Fire Protection

Certified Full Living Building v2.1

Architizer A+ Award, Architecture + Sustainability Category, 2015

ArchDaily, Top 100 American Architecture Projects, 2016

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The Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion is Texas's first living building and one of the 11 certified living buildings in the world. The pavilion serves as a demonstration site for the Dixon Water Foundation, whose mission is to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management, assuring the preservation of water resources. The unique design encompasses flexibility and adaptability measures to sustain a comfortable temperature year round without the use of mechanical heating and cooling.


TLC performed extensive computational fluid dynamic and daylight modeling for sustainable design. A 13,000-gallon storage tank collects rainwater and supplies 100% of non-potable water used for sewage conveyance and irrigation needs. Energy-efficient products and LED light fixtures minimize the electrical needs for lighting, kitchen use and water heating. An onsite 4 kW photovoltaic array is mounted on the south facing roof and produces more energy than needed to operate the building, resulting in a net positive facility.