Previously on this blog, we've looked at schools, power plants and even retail pharmacies that have been bestowed with the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award. This designation means that the architects and builders of a particular structure employed a range of eco-friendly practices and methods during the construction period. This week, yet another American building joined the list of prestigious sites through the nation, although this one is notable because it's the first presidential library to receive the Platinum certification, the USGBC's highest honor.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas on the Southern Methodist University campus, which was formally opened last week, includes a wide range of features that earned it the award. Providing it with electricity is an array of photovoltaic (PV) panels that deliver 9.5 percent of the building's power needs. Additionally, secondary cells help to heat up the library's water supply while a revitalized field of trees and flowers absorb some of the carbon dioxide produced by the building.
"As we approach the Bush Center's April 25 dedication, we are proud to be recognized for our emphasis on sustainable building design," Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Foundation, told The Dallas Morning News, a regional news source, in an interview.
The newspaper reported that a majority of the construction materials were brought in from supplies within 500 miles, making the actual building process green-friendly as well.
This development highlights the eco-conscious approach that today's architects are using when designing next-generation buildings. Stay with the LifeIsGreen.com blog for updates on the latest LEED certifications from around the United States.