Can’t resist sharing my good luck, this past week I finally had a chance to check out the Omega Institute’s Eco Machine. An Eco Machine is a natural wastewater treatment system. Omega’s plan is to use the resulting graywater to irrigate gardens and flush toilets.
Omega is a pretty fascinating place all around, but their Center for Sustainable Living is pretty remarkable, they are expected to be the first building in the United States to receive the Living Building designation in addition to receiving LEED Platinum certification. Some highlights:
- wastewater turns to greywater within 36 hours through constructed wetlands
- 20 geothermal wells
- concrete that complies with the Living Building Challenge’s Red List*
- net metering from solar array
- partial green roof
- No PVC
- plywood in mechanical room from Obama’s inauguration stage!
To top it off I got to meet Louise Schaper who traveled to New York (coming all the way from Arkansas) to visit family and added a stop into Omega to check out the Eco Machine with me. Not quite sure which I was more excited about!
*LBC Red List (The project cannot contain any of the following red list materials or chemicals.):
No added formaldehyde
Halogenated Flame Retardants18
Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene21
Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol