Conservation and Sustainability

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is built to the highest environmental standards, earning Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) program in March 2013. The Bush Center is the first presidential library to achieve LEED Platinum certification under New Construction (v2009).

LEED green building certification programs encourage and accelerate global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices by recognizing projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

Sustainable design features of the Bush Center include:
• Recycling of waste generated during construction
• Regionally-sourced building materials
• 20% recycled materials
• Deep building overhangs and sunshades to minimize solar heating loads
• Photovoltaic panels to meet 9.5% of the building's energy demand
• Solar hot water panels to supply 100% of the building's domestic hot water
• Insulated glazing units to reduce heating and cooling loads
• Green roofs, gardens, and highly reflective roofing materials to reduce heat island effect
• Highly efficient HVAC systems to reduce energy demand
• Low-VOC emitting products and finishes to maintain high indoor air quality
• Mechanical air filtration to maintain high indoor air quality
• Native landscape species to reduce irrigation need
• Harvesting and storing rain water to meet 50% of the irrigation demand
• Pre-treating of rain water before storage

View more details on sustainabillity features of the Bush Center [pdf]