University of Wyoming students show off green building on campus
University of Wyoming students show off green building on campus Students at the University of Wyoming recently took a step toward a more environmentally-friendly campus when they provided tours at the grand opening of the Bim Kendall house. The building was originally built in the 1950s as a prairie-style office building, but now it is home to the university's Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENR).
"Because of the relatively small size of the building and its location at the edge of campus, we intended this building to be a model for residential and small-scale institutional green design," said Nicole Korfanta, associate director of ENR.
The building features a number of eco-friendly design elements, including a passive ventilation system, energy-efficient windows and carpet tiles made from recycled bottles and car tires. Additionally, much of the area is furnished with renewable materials, such as cork flooring.
Homeowners looking to incorporate a green design in to their abode should consider installing cork flooring. According to the Cork Institute of America, the process of harvesting cork only subtly affects the environment, as it is taken from the bark of the oak tree, which regenerates itself 13 times throughout the tree's lifespan.