LEED Platinum for George W. Bush Presidential Center

LEED Platinum for George W. Bush Presidential Center

By:  Janet H. Thomas, RID May 1, 2013 marked the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. Home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Institute and sited on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the complex has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification under New Construction (v2009) by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and is the first presidential library to integrate LEED principles from its inception. Robert A.M. Stern Architects together with Landscape Architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates designed the graceful brick and limestone structure set in a native Texas prairie that creates this gem on the SMU campus. LEED certification was achieved through the use of designs, materials and systems that are sustainable, energy efficient and reduce the facilities impact on the environment and human health. The Center’s LEED features include:

  • Restored habitat via planting more than 70 % of the site
  • Reduced ‘heat island’ effect through use of green and highly reflective roofs, solar shading, rooftop photovoltaic arrays, rooftop solar hot water panels
  • Diverting construction waste away from landfills, use of recycled materials
  • Low-VOC-emitting materials to maintain high indoor air quality
  • Regionally sourced materials
  • Rainwater harvesting to reduce site irrigation by 50%
  • Native plants
  • High efficiency HVAC systems
  • Parking for low-emission, fuel efficient and carpool vehicles
  • Proximity to  Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail and bus line

For more details please refer to the George W. Bush Presidential Center LEED Certification document courtesy of the Bush Center. This facility marks time in history, promotes academic scholarship and lays the groundwork for economic growth, education reform, global health, human freedom, military service initiatives and women’s initiatives.   All photos by George W. Bush Presidential Center

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