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George W. Bush’s Library To Be Built With The Environment In Mind

George W. Bush’s Library To Be Built With The Environment In Mind

Despite his notorious record of slashing environmental protection budgets and consistently relaxing regulations for industrial polluters, George W. Bush’s library blueprints demonstrate that green buildings have become the standard for modern contstruction in Texas.

Dallas News reports that the George W. Bush Presidential Center, slated to be built on a lonely patch of condominium land near the freeway, will meet the highest environmental and energy standards, despite a size of nearly a quarter-million square feet.

The center’s 23-acre tract will include native plants and sophisticated conservation measures, such as a wetland and underground cisterns to catch and recycle most rainwater. The building, made of Texas materials over cast concrete, will get nearly 10 percent of its electricity and all of its hot water from solar energy.

“There’s definitely a need for our society to evolve to more sustainable development practices. It makes sense for a variety of reasons,” said Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Foundation, which is coordinating the project.

The Center will be very energy efficient and feature green roofs, photovoltaic panels, and extensive use of recycled materials throughout (Inhabitat).

Although green cement policies have become very popular around Dallas and other North Texas cities as a way to promote better air quality, there is no word yet whether the Center will include this innovative material.

The building, which will house the former president’s archives, foundation, institute and a museum, is expected to be finished late this year. Designers working on the project said that the Center will eventually seek LEED Platinum certification.

But this shouldn’t come as such a surprise. A larger percentage of federal buildings are being built to be more environmentally-friendly thanks to a 2007 Executive Order requiring the government to have 15 percent of its existing building inventory incorporate sustainable elements by 2015.

And who signed this ambitious order? Why, George W. himself.

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Image Credit - Copyright © 2009 George W. Bush Foundation
Architectural drawing of the Center from the southwest.

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7:37PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thank you.

7:37PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thank you.

7:36PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thank you.

7:35PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thank you.

1:42PM PDT on Apr 8, 2010

Will Bush's partner in crime, Cheney, be prominently featured?

1:18PM PDT on Mar 25, 2010

Given his intellect, I'm surprised that his library isn't being made of lego bricks. I'm assuming of course it will mostly be filled with "Best of Fox News" dvds.

12:59AM PDT on Mar 24, 2010

thanks for post

3:52PM PDT on Mar 23, 2010

This is just the right way to go......
case closed

12:56PM PDT on Mar 23, 2010

Wow

10:50AM PDT on Mar 23, 2010

What? 13 coloring books and only 2 have been colored in.

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