Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Energy Efficiency

Washington University in St. Louis May Sport Greenest Building in North America

A Cistern being installed at the Tyson Living and Learning CenterLEED, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has become the alpha acronym when referring to green, or eco-friendly, buildings. The standard, from the U.S. Green Building Council, recently went 3.0.

Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, is taking the green diploma to an even higher degree. University officials are betting a new Living Learning Center will meet the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most stringent green building rating system from the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, a chapter of the USGBC and its Canadian counterpart.

If the university succeeds, the 2,900-square-foot center would be the first structure in North America to meet the Cascadia code.

What makes it so super? The center is designed to use zero net energy and wastewater, to capture rainwater and purify it for drinking and use solar energy to pump power back into the electric grid.

There’s a lot of anticipation on campus to see if the building makes the grade. More than 60 projects have given it a try so far. The new center is due to open on May 29, 2009.

Standards for The Living Building Challenge reach beyond the coveted LEED Platinum rating, by the way.

(Image credit: Washington University. Caption: A cistern is pictured alongside the Living Learning Center before being placed underground.)


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

is typing about issues in the Great Lakes, from advanced biofuels to zero-emission vehicles. Jeff is an environmental journalist and social media evangelist based in Michigan, where the summers are short, the winters are cold, and the stories are plentiful.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Clean Power

The Gulf of Mexico is finally ready for its offshore wind power closeup, and the state of Louisiana is ready to pounce.

Cars

Four days ago, Nissan announced the start of pre-sales of the Nissan Ariya in Japan. The Ariya is a new 100% all-electric crossover SUV....

Clean Power

The answer to the great Energy Earthshots mystery has finally surfaced, but will green hydrogen smack down "clean" hydrogen?

Clean Power

BP just cut a 9-gigawatt solar power deal, and many of those clean kilowatts will land right in ExxonMobil's backyard.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.