This Californian Environmental centre had a goal to become the first to obtain a LEED Gold Certification. The task was set to create a building as not just an award winning facility but a centre which genuinely embraced green principles, the eco-friendly roofing system being the main component.
The 500 sqm eco-friendly roofing system is the focal point of the free flowing building design. Effective waterproofing of the plywood substrate was crucial to its success. Water based, no VOC WetSuit® membrane was chosen to aid in the establishment of LEED points, but also to meet the demands inherent in the architecturally free flowing roof design. 100 dry mils of WetSuit® was specified as well as 40 dry mils of high quality elastomeric topcoat.
The fluid applied membrane was installed directly to the plywood surface. Spray foam insulation was applied between the joists in the ceiling. The eco-friendly roofing system was planted with cuttings started by the students. The established roof fauna ecosystem is now self sustaining and is also integrated into visitors curriculum.