Thursday, April 11, 2013
Perot Museum and Bush Library receive top sustainability certifications
That's two green thumbs up.
DALLAS Two of Dallas’ newest landmarks were recognized Thursday for using their green thumbs. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Center both received top ratings for sustainable building practices.
The downtown museum achieved a four Green Globes rating from Green Building Initiative, a non-profit organization that promotes energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable building techniques. Only 12 of 759 Green Globes-certified buildings in the U.S. have achieved this rating.
“Having assessed dozens of Green Globes applicants over the past five years, this facility scored the highest,” Eric Truelove, one of the organization’s assessors, said in a press release.
The Perot Museum received an overall rating of 85 percent, with a perfect score attributed to the site’s design. The 180,000-square-foot structure includes a living roof, solar panels that heat water for the in-house restaurant, and native landscaping on the ground level. According to the press release, the museum also achieved a perfect score for its integrated design process, integration of environmental purchasing, commissioning plan and emergency response plan.
The George Bush Presidential Center received a Platinum LEED certification Thursday from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first presidential library to achieve this designation right off the bat. (Other presidential centers, such a the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, are LEED certified, but applied for designation under the “existing buildings” standards. The Bush center was evaluated under the “new construction” standards.)
Features that attributed to the rating include a roof that minimizes heating and cooling demands, solar panels that produce electricity and hot water, and an underground rainwater recycling system that will meet 50 percent of the site’s irrigation needs, according to a press release. Like the Perot Museum, the Bush Presidential Center plans to develop a native landscape in the 15 acres surrounding the site, which will include more than 900 trees.
The Bush Presidential Center will be dedicated on April 25 and open to the public on May 1.Follow @tineywristwatch
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