In environmental terms, the Museum of Clean is Green, inside and out. Here are a few reasons why:
Water Efficient Landscaping: The landscape will be designed with native or adapted plants to reduce or eliminate irrigation requirements. Reductions shall be made through plant species, irrigation efficiency, captured rainwater, and recycled wastewater.
Recovered hardscape: The asphalt alley will be made into a greenbelt serving as a lovely walkway to restaurants, and a picnic/lunch area for school children on field trips. This is significant space that will beautify the whole neighborhood.
Rooftop Garden: The Green Roof will provide outdoor garden space, improved insulation and perform as a natural water filtration system.
Recovered Materials: A building previously on site was declared structurally unsound. 80 percent of it was recycled and much of it was done by recovering brick and wood. Some of it sold to scrap dealers—an arrangement that paid for the cost of demolition.
Light Pollution: The goal is to minimize light pollution to allow for night sky access, visual comfort and improved visibility, achieved through the design of outdoor lighting, and using non-reflective windows.
Water conservation: New technologies will be incorporated, waterless urinals and other features will be utilized. Water recovery features will be highlighted and used to educate visitors about their benefits. Gray water will feed black water fixtures; one example may be that shower water will feed the toilets.
On Site Renewable Energy: The solar passive wall will help pre-heat the air that heats the building and in the summer, it will cool the wall. It is so green that it is on track to hold platinum level distinction in the leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. To go long with this very green building is a green landscaping design that is just as environmentally friendly as the building itself.
Alternative Transportation: Ideally located within walking distance of the university, shopping, restaurants and commerce, the site is also near several bus stops. Bike racks and changing facilities will be included to encourage alternative transportation.
Recycling: recycling opportunities will be incorporated throughout the building, as well as museum exhibits on waste reduction and identification.
Air Quality: Don Aslett’s Museum of Clean will be a non-smoking facility. It will utilize higher particulate filters in furnaces, and feature no formaldehydes in building products.