Green Building Technologies
|The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is Gwinnett County’s first LEED Gold certified “green” building. |
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance, environmentally friendly building.
The center was leading the way by meeting stringent construction and performance criteria in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
|The center is a working exhibit of green building standards! Many components of sustainability were considered in the design of the building. |
Come check out many more environmentally friendly building practices and real world applications for reducing your carbon footprint!
|At nearly an acre, this is the largest sloped vegetative roof in the southeast. |
This unique roof minimizes the heat island effect associated with a normal asphalt roof, and helps keep the interior of the building cooler and reduces storm water runoff.
It is planted with a variety of low-growing, drought resistant native plants, reducing the need for irrigation.
|Porous paving surfaces and bioswales work together to allow water to follow a more natural path to filter impurities and increase groundwater recharge. |
|An innovative water feature was created using a formerly dry ravine, reducing site disturbance during construction. Not only stunning to look at, the water feature also functions as a horizontal cooling tower, playing an integral part in heating and cooling the building. |