Green designers tour environmentally friendly office building
Green designers tour environmentally friendly office building Leaders in the quest for environmentally friendly design were given the opportunity to tour one of the Southeast's most eco-councious buildings this weekend. The Park City Daily News reports that members of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society were shown the Service One Credit Union's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Saturday.
According to the news source, the building, which is the first in the city to achieve LEED platinum certification, includes a number of features that make it one of the most energy efficient homes in the area.
"Bowling Green is at the front of the pack as a place where solar and sustainability is taken seriously," Kentucky Solar Energy Society member Danis Ourdard told the news provider
The windows are built in a way that allows for natural heating and cooling, a green roof system with live plants increases insulation, and cork flooring rounds out the eco-friendly design.
Homeowners looking for a way to reduce their impact on the environment may want to consider installing cork flooring. The Cork Institute of America reports that the material is harvested from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which replenishes itself 13 times throughout its life.