Buildings consume 40% of all energy, 60% of the electricity which is used in the United States. Sustainable materials and practices reduce energy consumption in buildings by up to 90%, while providing a healthier environment, as well as savings to building owners and operators.
The Center for Sustainable Development is dedicated to providing a meeting place where parties interested in
building construction and rehabilitation can come together to exchange ideas, information, techniques and products. Before the Center is completed, the Center for Sustainable Development
with present programs at public venues and develop a data base about the built environment.
Through education, sustainable building practices can be promoted and instituted, which will benefit those who live and work in these buildings as well as the community at large by saving resources, reducing fuel emissions and using less toxic materials to create a more healthful environment.
* Permanent Exhibit of how the Center was conceived and constructed
* Self-contained 'Passive House' demonstrating how to achieve 'net-zero energy' in buildings
* Exposition Hall for demonstrating new products and techniques
* Auditorium for conferences and video presentations
* Resource Center featuring the in-house database (also accessible to members from remote terminals)
* Hands-On Training facility for professionals and tradespeople
* Offices and Meeting Rooms for small groups
* Bookstore for Professionals and Serious Students
* Games and Toy shop for visitors and schoolchildren
* Internet Cafe
* Hydroponic Garden (growing plants from natural resources inside the building)
PETER D. WOLF & CHRISTINA GRIFFIN