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Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory, a Beacon for Sustainable Living
In 2012, Phipps Conservatory completed construction of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a world-class building in the green community that serves as a research, education, and administration facility for the conservatory. It’s an integral part of the Phipps visitor experience, focusing on the intersection between built and natural environments, and demonstrating how the two are connected and can be harmonized.
The CSL was designed and built to generate all of its own energy, a self-sustainable facility that still focused largely on educating and welcoming the community through its doors. The result was a facility that became the first in the world to achieve four of the highest sustainable building certifications available, let alone attaining all of them within a single design project.
The CSL features a dedicated classroom for Phipps’s science education programs that serves over 5,000 children per year. It selected BBT bio-flooring as a durable flooring solution to meet requirements of all four organizations, and notably complied with Red List requirements as well as the low-emitting material standards of LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge.