Living Learning Center Tour

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Completed in 2009, Washington University’s Living Learning Center was built to address Tyson Research Center’s growing needs for research and teaching space. This 2,900 square-foot facility was designed to meet the Living Building Challenge of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council (CRGBC).

The Living Building Challenge is a rigorous performance standard that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions. The standard is comprised of sixteen prerequisites including net-zero energy and water, habitat exchange, nontoxic materials and beauty and inspiration.

On September 14, the Living Learning Center is opening its doors to USGBC-Missouri Gateway members and guests for a tour of the building!  However, due to space constraints, registration is limited to 60 individuals. Check out the features of this amazing building and the registration details below and be sure to register before space fills up.

Features of the Living Learning Center include:

Sustainably Harvested or Salvaged Wood – Almost 100% of the finished wood in the building was sustainably harvested or salvaged from within 2 miles of the building site.

Photovoltaic Panels – The center is designed to create all of the electricity it needs to operate.

Local Landscaping Products – Native plantings adapted to Missouri’s climate and local stone surround the facility.

Rain Garden – Reduces runoff, erosion, and water pollution and reduces water treatment energy use.

Pervious Concrete – Reduces the facility’s storm water footprint by letting rain soak right through into the ground.

Rainwater Use – All of the water in the Living Learning Center comes from the sky.  Rainwater is collected from the roof, after which it is filtered and purified.  Wastewater from the sinks is metered out through a graywater treatment system which irrigates some of the landscaping.

Variable Capacity Heat Pumps – Provide the heating and cooling for the Living Learning Center.

Waterless Composting Toilets – Drastically reduce the building’s water needs, eliminate the exportation of waste and produce a useable fertilizer through a combination of aerobic bacterial decomposition and worm composting.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
5:30 – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30- Brief Presentation & Tour

Washington University’s Living Learning Center at Tyson Research Center
6750 Tyson Valley Road Eureka MO 63025

Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and full-time students;
$20.00 for Non-Members

Space is limited to 60 individuals and registration is required.
Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then click the “Register” button under the Living Learning Center Tour event.

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!


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