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The “living building” of the Cope Environmental Center in Centerville, Indiana. CONTRIBUTED.
To achieve full certification as a living building under the Living Building Challenge, the Environmental Education Center has met strict criteria in seven focus areas, called petals. According to the Richmond / Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau, these petals are:
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- Petal 1 – Site: For every acre used for construction, an equal acre of previously unprotected land must be placed under a conservation easement and restored to natural vegetation.
- Petal 2 – Net zero water: Site water usage should not exceed the amount of rainwater / groundwater recharge on the construction footprint.
- Petal 3 – Net Zero Energy: Must produce all the energy they consume.
- Petal 4 – Health: The health of visitors and staff is taken into account.
- Petal 5 – Local, sustainable and non-toxic materials: All the materials used in the construction are respectful of man and the environment. A list of 19 “red list chemicals” is avoided.
- Petal 6 – Fairness: Equal access to nature for all.
- Petal 7 – Beauty: Create buildings that lift the spirits with aesthetic design.
With this achievement under its belt, the Cope Environmental Center can now claim to house the greenest building in this part of the Midwest. The Environmental Education Center includes a reception room, a nature room (offering superb views of the surrounding landscapes), a classroom, a meeting place and office spaces.
To visit the Environmental Education Center or to learn more about the Cope Environmental Center, visit website of the center.