In addition to green homes, this year’s Green Tour will also showcase two commercial buildings that are leading the way to a clean energy future. Both happen to be nonprofit organizations and are demonstrating that energy efficiency and renewable energy is good for the bottom line.
The new Bend Science Station is a living laboratory for students to better understand the connection of technology, design, innovation and our environment.
The Bend Science Station is a zero energy building. This means that on an annual basis, the building will produce as much energy from the solar electric panels on the roof as it uses. They will pay $0 for electricity usage each year!
“Our motivations were also based on fiscal responsibility,” said Lisa Bermudez, Development Director. While the net-zero benefits of our new building were instructional compelling, the savings in operating costs and utility bills were equally considerable.”
Other cool features? You betcha! The building has a rooftop tower, which is not only a unique architectural feature, but also provides natural ventilation. This enables the team to passively control temperature (which complies with Zero Energy standards) AND provides specialized space for physics experiments.
Stop by on the Green Tour, Saturday, September 29th from 10:00-4:30 to learn even more!