What Will Make the Environmental Center LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certified

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s new Environmental Center is planned to be a LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certified building, which means that there will be photovoltaic cells, solar hot water heating cells, geothermal heating, green vegetative roofs, composting toilets, rain water collection systems, radiant floor heating, environmental controls for the air quality, day lighting and thermal comfort. The Center will also have many other uses of recycled materials and restorative processes to minimize or completely eliminate the carbon footprint of the development.

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  1. Cici says:

    that on paper this is how it really works in real life . There is NO bteetr way to prove it than actually have a real family move in and test it for real. You don’t know what you don’t know . there are just too many small incidental things that can add up that you can’t simulate by turning on a switch that says we used the same power total by running that fake load of laundry. I hope they run the numbers for 1 year simulated and then move a real family in and run the same exact test to compare them (I would bet my last dollar that the numbers don’t match within 15% unless they corrupt the experiment by teaching them exactly how they have to live differently in this house, but even then I think it is off by more than 10%). When I say a real family, not the engineers that built it trying to prove the numbers . a real/regular family. Just saying ps I LOVE they are working on Net-Zero designs and hope they can cut the costs both up front and long term for these improved designs. I am a huge fan and in no way wanted my comments above to come off negative. I just get frustrated with simulations that claim to be the same thing as real life.

    May 6, 2013 at 5:09 am Reply

    • Thank you for your comment. The Brock Environmental Center will be an educational center that will teach students and the general public ways to conserve energy and be a better citizen of the built environment. Living Building Challenge certification is based on actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance. Therefore, the Center must be operational for twelve consecutive months prior to evaluation.

      May 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

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