Oregon School for the Deaf gets new green dorm A new dormitory at the Oregon School for the Deaf will be providing residents with a every eco-friendly living experience. The Statesman Journal reports that the project, which will be featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will likely result in the building earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to the news source, some of the building's most environmentally friendly features are in the form of its energy-efficient design. Developers included a roof that is covered with sod and plants to filter rainwater runoff on one surface. In addition to that, the roof is fitted with 30 solar panels that are anticipated to provide the building with 30 percent of its energy.
The interior is eco-friendly as well, as the news provider reports that it includes thick-paned windows to increase it's energy-efficiency, as well as sustainable materials such as bamboo flooring.
Homeowners looking to go green with their interior design may want to consider installing bamboo flooring in the abode. TLC.com reports that bamboo flooring is harvested from a rapidly renewable plant so it does little harm to the environment, and is extremely durable.