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Visitor Center Receives Energy and Water Management Award

Desert VCThe Visitor Center was selected to receive a 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Award. The award is given by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Federal Interagency Energy Management Task Force, recognizing outstanding achievements in energy and water management.

The Visitor Center is a showcase for state-of-the-art sustainable design techniques and technologies including:

  • Solar photovoltaic arrays and water-source heat pumps
  • Building elements composed of recycled materials
  • Almost 100 percent of construction debris was recycled
  • Provide enough natural light to minimize reliance on electric lights
  • Sensor-controlled heating, cooling and lighting
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Native Mojave Desert landscaping

This is the second time the visitor center has been recognized for its environmental performance. The facility earned LEED® Platinum certification—the highest level possible—in May 2014 from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.


Last Updated: Sep 18, 2015
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