Thursday, November 6, 2008

Edifice a 'green vocation'

A report on the environmentally friendly administrative building in the Diocese of Utah. Its not easy being green.

The first book of the Old Testament inspired the Episcopal Diocese of Utah's new administration building built next to St. Mark's Cathedral to give solid support to loving the Earth.
The building is the brainchild of the diocese's 10th bishop, Carolyn Tanner Irish, an expression of her dedication to the holiness of the Earth.

"The Earth is a gift to us. It is a garden. It is our home," she says while leading a tour of the building. "We can't be thoughtless about how we treat the planet."

The building is made of sustainable brick and cultured sandstone. A cool roof of light-colored membrane reflects heat. Massive windows and clerestories bring in the outdoors. All of the plumbing fixtures are low-water. The insulation is thick, and the wood framing the deep-set windows is sustainably farmed in Brazil.

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