MATERIALS AND SOURCES: / FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL-CERTIFIED WOOD WINDOWS / Pinnacle series, Windsor Windows, Des Moines, Iowa, www.windsorwindows.com / ROOFING / UltraPly TPO single-ply membrane, Firestone Building Products, Indianapolis, www.firestonebpco.com / STRUCTURAL-INSULATED PANELS AND RIGID INSULATION / Big Sky Insulations Inc., Belgrade, Mont., www.bsiinc.com / PERMEABLE PAVEMENT / GravelPave2, Invisible Structures Inc., Golden, Colo., www.invisiblestructures.com / EVAPORATIVE COOLING HVAC / Magic Aire, Wichita Falls, Texas, www.magicaire.com / URINAL / Waterless Co. Inc., Vista, Calif., www.waterless.com / LOW- AND ZERO-VOC PAINT / Columbia Paint, Spokane, Wash., www.columbiapaint.com / CARPET TILE / Shaw Contract Group, Calhoun, Ga., www.shawcontract group.com / AGRIFIBER PANELS / Environ BioComposites, Mankato, Minn., www.environbiocomposites.com
GREEN POINTS: As Montana’s only LEED Platinum-certified structure recognized by the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council, this 8,300-square-foot (771-m2) building houses several nonprofit environmental groups. The building, which had been an abandoned 1940s grocery store, was refurbished for less than the cost of new construction. Its Earth-toned colors save 80 percent on energy, and solar panels meet almost half of office electrical demands. About 92 percent of deconstruction waste was recycled or reused, and 25 percent of materials came from sources within 500 miles (805 km) of Billings. Other green features include rooftop clerestories, cooling with outside air, radiant-floor heating, exterior rigid insulation, composting toilets and waterwise plantings.
Project provided by High Plains Architects, Billings, www.highplainsarchitects.com