Caterpillar Visitors Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Published 11/07 2013 06:48PM

Updated 11/07 2013 06:51PM

PEORIA - Big yellow has a green feather to add to its cap now that the Caterpillar Visitors Center has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) in the construction category.

LEED recognizes performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency and other areas. The Visitors Center uses solar panels to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also outfits sun shades on the building’s exterior, automatic daylight controls and water efficient landscaping.

CAT says the energy-saving features reduce energy use by as much as 45 percent for a typical building of its size, while water-saving programs reduce interior water usage by about 46 percent.

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