The Institute of Eco Tourism
91 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
The Institute's LEED Certified "Green" Building (Leadership in Energy & EnvironmentalDesign) provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well founded scientific standards. LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The Institute is proud to be Arizona’s first privately funded certified Green Building. The following are examples of the materials and design features that went into the construction of our facility. For more information on Green Buildings, go to the Green Building Council’s website at www.usgbc.org.
- This structure was built using a great deal of preexisting materials, including included existing doors, window frames, wood framing. Overall, 99% of the existing structure and shell, and 50% of the interior elements were reused.
- All wood used in construction came from a source certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and was grow and harvested using environmentally responsible forest management techniques.
- All drywall came from recycled gypsum. Paper facing is 100% recycled paper.
- Fiberglass is made from recycled glass, and is formaldehyde free.
- Rubber flooring is 75% recycled rubber coming from old tires. Carpet is made with 50% recycled fiber.
- All paint is low in volatile organic compounds, leading to a more healthy, chemical free working environment.
- All sealants used in the composite wood, flooring and insulation are non-formaldehyde and low in volatile organic compounds.
- The heating and air conditioning units contain no CFCs or HCFCs which contribute to ozone depletion. The HVAC pump recycles conditioned air, conserving energy.
- This facility is equipped with low-flow toilets and aerated faucets to conserve water. Landscaping includes only indigenous plants and uses a drip irrigation system.
- Construction waste was reused in other projects, including roofing membrane, plumbing fixtures, scrap wood, duct work and mechanical equipment. The facility houses a commercial recycling center with over 200 collection bins.