There are several green elements in the LEED® Gold certified building that houses Boston Children's Museum (BCM).
Storm Water Reclamation and Water-use Reduction
BCM harvests storm water from both the green roof and main roof for building services such as irrigation and dual flush toilets. The program helps to reduce water runoff into Fort Point Channel by 88% and potable water demand and use by the Museum by 77%.
Real Time Heating and Cooling Controls
BCM has installed carbon dioxide measuring tools into the heating and cooling systems to meet real time occupancy needs.
BCM's new addition is covered with a 6,400-square-foot green roof of plantings and organic materials. The roof helps to improve insulation, collect storm water, diminish height islands, and reduce air pollution.
Efficient Lighting and Features
BCM has replaced its ambient light fixtures with highly efficient fixtures that reduce energy consumption.
BCM chose recycled and rapidly renewable materials as well as materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during its expansion and renovation project. The Museum also obtained 55% of the materials from locations within 500 miles of Boston.
The 23,000-square-foot expansion includes full height windows that allow more natural light in, exterior walls that open for light and ventilation, new halide lighting to reduce energy, and perforated metal panels that reduce heat gain.
The Museum has developed a list of approved cleaning products and trained housekeeping staff on the proper way to store, use, and dispose of chemicals, paper products and other materials.
During construction 76.51% of the debris, including a 4-basin steel sink, floor tiles, exterior shutters, and fir stairs, was recycled or salvaged.