EcoCenter Building Features

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Energy Systems

Energy Systems

The EcoCenter produces and stores its own electrical energy via 24 solar photovoltaic panels (4.6 kilowatts) and a battery storage bank.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

The EcoCenter captures rainwater that falls on the roof in three 4,800 gallon tanks. These tanks supply water to the living roof and surrounding landscaping.

Permeable Pavement

Permeable Pavement

All pathways are made of permeable materials that permit the movement of stormwater through its surfaces into the ground below. This is important since there is no tie-in to the sewer system of the City.

Sustainable Building Materials

Sustainable Building Materials

The EcoCenter was created using an extensive array of sustainably harvested, sourced, reused, and recycled materials, as well as energy and resource efficient design features and fixtures.

Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater Treatment

All water used at the EcoCenter is treated onsite. The processes involve irradiation of effluent and incorporation of a constructed wetland for further purification.

Natives-Only Landscaping

Natives-Only Landscaping

Only native plants are used for the living roof at the EcoCenter. Because native plants evolved over thousands to millions of years, they are adapted to our climate and soils.

Living Roof

Living Roof

Covered with native plants, theliving (or green) roof absorbs rainwater, thus reducing stormwater runoff from the building that could cause erosion.
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