In addition to being environmentally friendly, our building incorporates the following features to provide a healthy and comfortable space for staff and visitors:
An energy-recovery ventilation system transfers more than 80% of the heat energy in stale exhaust air to incoming, fresh, outdoor air.
To minimize exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), we used only water-based stains and clear finishes, as well as formaldehyde-free wheat board for cabinetry.
We nearly eliminated the use of vinyl products, which, when carelessly disposed of by incineration, has harmful human health consequences. For example, ABS piping (made from thermal plastic resins) was used instead of industry standard PVC.
All outdoor pressure-treated structural lumber was preserved using EPA-approved ACQ, a water-based formula that is arsenic- and chromium-free.