Where Biology Meets Building

The 2,900-square-foot Center opened in May and is located in 2,000 acres of woods, prairie, and ponds 20 miles southwest of the university's Danforth campus

The Tyson Living Learning Center at Washington University in St. Louis is one of several buildings currently striving to meet the demands of the Living Building Challenge.

The Living Building Challenge focuses on renewable energies and to meet the challenge, 100 percent of a project's energy needs must be supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis.

For the Living Building Challenge, 100 percent of storm water and building water discharge must be managed onsite to meet the building's water demands or be released onto adjacent sites for managemnet throuhg acceptable measures.

The Tyson Living Learning Center employes a the detailed waste management system.

For the Living Building Challenge, 100 percent of storm water and building water discharge must be managed onsite to meet the building's water demands or be released onto adjacent sites for managemnet throuhg acceptable measures. Shown here: a graywater garden.

For the Living Building Challenge, 100 percent of storm water and building water discharge must be managed onsite to meet the building's water demands or be released onto adjacent sites for managemnet throuhg acceptable measures. Here, the underground rainwater tank is being installed.

In constructing the building, the team used a large amount of recycled an salvaged materials, such as wood milled from trees that had already been knocked down by storms on the Center's property.

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