Greenstreet’s responsibility for the Mark Twain House & Museum included green building and LEED consulting for the Education and Visitor’s Center. This was the first LEED Certified Museum project in the USA and was recognized by the Connecticut Green Building Council with an Environmental Leadership Award. In the Museum Center, electricity costs have been reduced by 45 percent to date.
Green Building Features:
- Improved air quality with low and non-toxic VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives and finishes.
- Integrated Geothermal heating & cooling system.
- Energy efficient HVAC that performs 30% greater than an average system.
- Locally sourced materials reducing transportation energy costs
- Over 25% recycled material content throughout the project
- Enhanced indoor environmental quality through new air filtration requirements for the building systems.
- Floor to ceiling Energy Star windows for passive solar lighting and heating
- FSC certified wood products
- Fly Ash concrete for structural components during construction, which improves strength, segregation, and ease of pumping of the concrete compared to traditional methods.
- Energy efficient lighting fixtures at the exterior to eliminate off-site glare and night-sky impacts
- The underground portion of the building contributes to significant reductions in the heat gain and heat loss of the building thermal envelope.
- Minimized parking to reduce storm water runoff and pollution impact.
- Native low maintenance vegetation implemented to eliminate the need for an irrigation system and to minimize water consumption.