The museum’s window assemblies are double-paned and insulated with LowE-treated glazing that blocks 95% of ultra-violet light. The insulating value of the windows keeps the heat out in the summer and the heat in the winter, and has a direct positive affect on the building’s cooling and heating loads. By reducing these loads, the energy required to heat and cool the building is decreased, thus making the building more energy efficient.
Temple-Inland gypsum board was used for the walls of the Museum for the following reasons:
High recyclable content
Regionally produced material
Fire rating comparable to other materials
Closed cell foam insulation, which is known for its ability to produce a tight seal, was used, offering significant thermal benefits and providing excellent humidity control. It also has the additional benefits:
An insulation value same as cellulose
A high fire rating
Idea Paint whiteboard was used for the Education Center as an alternative to traditional white board. This paint has an above-average life and the surface can be repainted rather than discarded when showing wear.
Marmoleum, a Forbo product similar to linoleum, was used for the flooring in the Education Center. It is natural and sustainable, made made with natural ingredients without any harmful VOCs or other toxic chemicals. The sheet goods were installed with solvent-free adhesives.
Corian Countertops, featuring a high recycled content as well as advertised durability, were used. This selection has virtually no off-gassing of VOCs and no heavy metals or carcinogens in the pigments.
All of the restrooms in the Museum have low-flow toilets and urinals, using the flushing performance guidelines established by the EPA Water Sense program.
The museum uses low-VOC / low-odor paint throughout the facility.