It has been a heady year for the Brock Environmental Center. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the facility welcomed tens of thousands of visitors, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe—who experienced one of the center's most unique features when he sampled a glass of Brock's treated rainwater (Brock is the first commercial building in the U.S. permitted to treat rainwater for drinking). The center has received 20 awards, including the 2015 Engineering News-Record's "Best Green Project."
In May, Brock achieved a designation that was more than a year in the making: the International Living Future Institute's Living Building Certification. Brock is only the tenth building in the world to achieve the organization's "full petal" certification, which requires a building to produce more energy than it uses over the course of a year, in addition to other strict criteria. Through the Brock Center, CBF is inspiring visitors and demonstrating how each of us can reduce our footprint and actually give back to the environment. Here are a few features that make the facility so unique:
Photo Credits: 1. Prakash Patel/SmithGroupJJR, 2. Prakash Patel/SmithGroupJJR, 3. Morgan Heim ILICP, 4. Jay Fleming.