Geothermal wells and an ice storage system help provide energy-efficient cooling for the large space, and help achieve a 65% increase in efficiency compared to Kentucky building codes. Storm water is collected by the building’s green roof and stored in rain barrels or directed to a rain garden. The facility also has space for events in a protected courtyard with a 81-solar panel covered roof.
The Green Building is located in an area that was federally classified as distressed when it was bought. Construction and renovation of the facility was completed in 2008, and the building has since helped spur on other developments. The East Market District has now become a hip city center for the arts and sustainability, coined NuLu, or ‘New Louisville.’
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