off-the-shelf sustainability
   
OFF-THE-SHELF SUSTAINABILITY & TRANSFERABILITY

While the exterior of the James Learning Center was purposefully unique, it was also our client’s intention that visitors to the Highlands Center be able to learn about sustainable design strategies that could realistically be integrated into their own home or business.

In response to this, the James Learning Center employs numerous “off-the-shelf” sustainable design and building technologies that could easily be incorporated into a private home or business. These include:

– Proper building orientation

– Passive solar design

– Thermal mass


– Natural daylight and ventilation

– Directionally appropriate glazing

– 2 x wood framing (smaller structures only)

– Locally harvested materials

– Rainwater harvesting

– Water-saving plumbing fixtures

– Native plant selection

– Non-Toxic materials & finishes

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