Even Montana Has LEED Platinum Buildings

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Although it’s not all that attractive looking from these images, it’s the greenest building in Billings, Montana, and one of a select few buildings certified "Platinum" under the LEED-NC (new construction) certification system.  Using technology such as solar panels and composting toilets, it offices the Northern Plains Resource Council and consumes about 21% of the energy and 41% of the water of a similarly sized building.  Financially, the building cost about $140 psf, which is about $35 psf cheaper than if the older building had been demolished and a new one put in its place. 

In all honesty, there are only three other buildings in Montana that have green certifications from the USGBC.  BUT, this building, known as Home on the Range, has created a gathering place for local architects, students, and the public.  Now, there are 18 LEED projects in the registration phase in Montana.  That’s incredible.  We’re really getting some serious momentum behind this thing, that’s for sure. 

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  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    BTW, this is for Hank, if he sees it!

  • Tom Meikle

    I am loookin to find out about recyclers in the Billings, MO area that have recycle programs available for Construction + Demolition materials!!! If anyone reading this information as any info at all … it would be greatly appreciated. Please call Tom @ 610-892-0200 x212 or drop an e-mail to tmeikle@retrieverwaste.com

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