Recently, Ronald McDonald House Charities made the decision to integrate sustainable design and energy efficiency in all future facilities, whether new, expanded, or remodeled. As you can tell with this RMHC of Austin and Central Texas, which has 30 rooms to accommodate families with ill or injured children being treated in local area hospitals, they mean business when it comes to going green. Here, RMHC is going all the way by seeking that LEED Platinum paper.
It should be noted that LEED Platinum certification requires serious planning.
I understand they will get the elusive daylighting and views credits, as well as credits for the following: building on a brownfield, using native landscaping, irrigating with 100% reclaimed water, installing greenery in certain roof areas, reducing the use of new water, consuming roughly 40 – 60% less energy than a conventional building, using renewable energy for 5% of the building’s needs, and diverting over 75% of the construction and demolition waste from the landfill. Pretty good and look at that red butterfly roof. Nice.