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Visitor Center for Blue Ridge Parkway lands a LEED Gold rating

Post Time:Jan 13,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:113

The Destination Center for the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, N.C., has attained LEED Gold status in a rating that acknowledges the building's design exceeds the standard for high energy efficiency.

In certifying the Destination Center's compliance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards at Gold level, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the maximum 10 points for energy efficiency.The USGBC also awarded an additional point for besting the 60 percent standard for energy savings: The project tracked a 75 percent improvement when compared with performance for a comparable conventional building, according to Lord, Aeck & Sargent, the architecture firm that designed the center.

Among the more visually striking features are the 13 passive solar Trombe walls that stand in a sawtooth formation on the south facade.

Named for French designer Felix Trombe, such walls are designed to absorb solar heat and release it to the interior of a building, according to a Jan. 13 GreenerBuildings report.

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