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The building is located on 4.7 acres of former brownfield, and it’s aiming for three environmental certifications — LEED, Sustainable Sites Initiative and Green Globes. LEDs are used throughout the building, as well as natural daylighting, to reduce energy costs. Learning labs, located on the building’s lower level, have light wells, which enable the rooms to be partially lit by natural light.
One of the most interesting features of the building is the roof — instead of a traditional green roof, the Perot Museum features a hardscape of stones and drought-tolerant plants that are meant to reflect the Texas ecology. The roof also features solar thermal (hot water) panels, and a rainwater collection system will store up to 50,000 gallons of water to be used for irrigation. Dallas-based firm Talley Associates served as the project’s landscape architect, and the firm planted more than 60 different types of trees, grasses and shrubs on the grounds surrounding the new building.