Since taking office earlier this year, the Obama’s brought much attention to organic gardening with their vegetable garden. Their latest green home effort? Getting the White House LEED certified — after all, who better to demonstrate and influence living green at home than our First Family?
Greening the White House is nothing new: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made their efforts by cutting energy use and installing photovoltaic and solar hot water panels. But getting the White House LEED certified is the most ambitious effort yet; the historic nature of the building is limiting and the process will be challenging, so we’ll be impressed if they're able to achieve even just a baseline LEED Certification.
Here are some of the upgrades they are looking into to achieve their goal:
• Install energy saving and UV filtering window films
• Use biodegradable cleaners, recycled products and low VOC finishes
• Reduce energy use through computerized energy management, more efficient HVAC systems and install motion/occupant light sensors
• Upgrade plumbing to low flow water fixtures
• Eliminate all CFC refrigerants (found in cooling equipment)
• Provide staff training on recycling and life cycle considerations of new purchases
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