Gwinnett County Environmental & Heritage Center

2020 Clean Water Drive
Buford
30519

Gwinnett County Environmental & Heritage Center

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The LEED Gold certified Gwinnett County Environmental & Heritage Center sits amid a 233-acre wooded natural park and has approximately 12 miles of paved greenway and mulched trails. Part science and nature center, part energy institute, and part history center, it is a premier living and breathing model of educational opportunities. The tour will highlight the uniqueness of the natural pine facility, the acre oxygen producing vegetative roof, and allow time to enjoy the hands-on science exhibits or trails. The GEHC is a multi-sensory experience and ‘wow’ a great way to spend a leisurely Saturday morning.

As a result of the award-winning Gold LEED Center’s sustainable design strategies, there is: no additional stormwater runoff; improved indoor air quality; 35% energy-use reduction; 50% water-use reduction; and demonstration of best management practices. Some of the most important LEED features of the building include pervious paving, bio-swales, wetlands and the largest sloping greenroof in the Southeastern U.S. The 40,000 square foot greenroof is planted with a variety of succulents. A smaller roof on the premises is being tested exclusively with native plants, both succulent and herbaceous plant material.

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