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-Good in green

The Mars Center for Science and Technology has been designed to achieve a prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The sustainable design and construction features include:

  • A 1,300-square-foot “green” roof
  • Drought-tolerant plants to conserve water
  • Solar shading on glass and brim for energy efficiency year-round
  • Glass walls for natural light
  • Night sky–compliant lighting that shines downward to reduce light pollution
  • Motion-sensor lighting indoors for energy conservation
  • Use of replenishable wood throughout the building
  • Vinyl tile floors made of recycled material
  • Carbon dioxide sensors to monitor air quality
  • Energy recovery wheels in the air-handling units to reduce heating and cooling loads
  • Highly reflective and vegetated roof surfaces to minimize the cooling loads during the warm months
  • Bioretention basins to control quantity and quality of stormwater runoff
  • No new parking as part of the project; designation of some existing parking spots for carpoolers
  • Use of low volatile organic compound-containing materials, including adhesives, sealants, paints and carpets
  • Use of building materials with a high percentage of postconsumer and postindustrial recycled content
  • Use of sustainable cleaning products and methods in the maintenance of the building
  • -A water faucet that keeps count of the plastic bottles avoided

Graphic by David Laferriere, photos by Nicki Pardo

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