The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College campus in Incline Village has been selected as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world in the recently published book “The World’s Greenest Buildings” by green building experts Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer.
The building, designed by the architecture firm Collaborative Design Studio, was included in the publication for its high performance and energy efficiency.
Over its six years of operation the center has used 9.6 kWh per square foot per year, less than a 1/10 of the national average of about 100 kWh. Other sustainable design features include a rainwater storage system, photovoltaics, solar thermal hot water, co-generation, low flow fixtures and concrete with 25 percent fly-ash content.
Only 15 other buildings in the United States were included in the publication.