This high-performance LEED Platinum certified building uses rainwater catchment, or rainwater harvesting as a way to collect usable water, writes NREL.
A rainwater catchment system captures water, also reducing the need to draw from wells. The shed roof, covered in galvanized metal, allows for a single rain gutter, which drains the water through filters and into cisterns. Since only residential taps were available for the area’s water system, installing cisterns with the rainwater catchment system avoided a massive city infrastructure upgrade. A sand filter treats the rainwater and CBF employees use it for washing their gear and hands and for mop sinks, laundry, irrigation, and fire suppression.
The center is named for Philip Merrill, an American diplomat, publisher, banker, and philanthropist, according to Wikipedia. The building was the first to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Platinum” rating from the United States Green Building Council. This recognition confirmed that the center was the most environmentally friendly building in the country at the time when it was built. Items used in the building include rainwater catchment, recycled materials, renewable resources, and passive and active solar power.
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The Philip Merrill Environmental Center is a Green building owned and operated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Built in 2001, the Merrill Center is located in Annapolis, Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The building serves as the headquarters office building for the CBF, but is also available to rent for business and social occasions.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay in the United States. It was founded in 1967 and has headquarters offices in Annapolis, Maryland.
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