Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles, USAWhat is the LEED Certification?
The first LEED Platinum-certified building in the USA, Audubon center at Debs Park (Los Angeles, California) is a peculiar embodiment of sustainable design and the builder’s commitment to sustainability, with such green elements as native landscaping, water harvesting, renewable energy sources, on-site solar systems, etc. The decision to go for LEED Platinum rating was made by the constructing team in 2001. The building, planned and owned by the National Audubon Society earned 53 points, by LEED system. The academic center of environmental education was opened in November 2003. Gross floor area is 467 square meters (5,020 square feet). The designer of the 1-storey simple and comfortable building, with high ceilings, is Charles Davis, from EHDD Architecture. While constructing the building, mainly recycled and organic materials were used. The solar panels produce power and provide electricity needs for the building, including electricity for water pumps. Wastewater is constantly treated. Built by TG Construction, the zero energy building is powered by solar systems and operates ''off the grid''. Project cost was $5.500.000.
John James Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-American naturalist, ornithologist, animal painter. He is an author of the book "The burds of America"(1827-1838). Organisation named after him - the National Audubon Society is the first conservancy in the world.
By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am