LEED-Platinum Carbon Neutral

From Inhabitat.com:

Carbon-neutral buildings are not new news, but the first-ever LEED-platinum carbon neutral building certainly is. The Aldo Leopold Foundation Headquarters, located in Wisconsin, has been certified as the the first ever, fully LEED-platinum certified, carbon neutral building in the world, making it the greenest building ever built, with zero footprint and great design.

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Designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects, learn more about the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center here.

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4 Responses to “LEED-Platinum Carbon Neutral”

  1. 1 John March 25, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    So do all the buildings together add up to a net energy gain, because from the pictures it’s obvious the LEED certification is not based on only one building, since there are quite a few. I wonder, if the net energy gain would be accomplished for only one building – I mean how many solor panels can be fit on one roof – seems like cheating. Also, where is all the shade coming from in the summer…Looks like the building site’s been clear cut for some distance. How green is that! I’m feeling so green myself.

  2. 2 Joel April 3, 2008 at 8:46 am

    The buildings are disconnected by function. This was done strategically as not all areas have the same thermal needs. Two of the disconnected building do not have heating or cooling, only natural ventilation thru operable windows and a small wood burning stove to be used as needed. Energy consumed by all buildings is measured against that produced by the one p.v. array. The trick is to reduce consumption.

    The site had a ‘bald’ spot on top of a small hill surrounded by ‘scrubby’ growth. The land was occupied previously.

    Cutting trees is not a bad thing if done properly. The overall health of the forest will be increased if selective and systematic cutting is employed. Healthier and faster growing trees will produce more oxygen and hold more carbon. Carbon is then sequestered in all that we build, walls, furniture, cabinets, etc.

    Read the Almanac, therein lies a great understanding of how we can live on the land a better way. The Leopold gang is in the business of restoring marginal land back to native condition. Come visit the site in a few years and you will see the fruits of this well considered labor.

    The building is a laboratory, the design team was given an opportunity to try, fail and try again. Actual performance will be monitored, the building will be “tweeked’, lessons will be learned and shared.

    Stay tuned…..

  3. 3 Mark R. LePage, AIA April 3, 2008 at 9:55 am


    Thanks for the background and clarification.


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