A Floating LEED First Apparently In Nevada

From medical centers to schools and hotels, all kinds of different buildings are pursuing and achieving LEED green building certification. Now the Cottonwood Cove Marina & Resort at Lake Mohave in Nevada has become the first floating building project in the world registered for LEED certification.

The building will serve as the operations office for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina, and is expected to take certification at the Gold level. A ceremony celebrating its LEED registration status will be held on Monday, June 6th, and is open to the public.

LEED Cottonwood Cove

image via Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The floating eco-friendly structure features sustainable modular construction, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials and fixtures. Its decking is constructed of a composite of rice hulls and recycled plastic; its exterior stucco is made of recycled tires. Low or no volatile organic compound finishes, paints and adhesives will help to ensure indoor air quality for staff members and visitors alike.

Carlson Studio Architecture of Sarasota, Florida, designed the unique floating structure. “Every building type has the potential to perform at a higher level with integrated environmental considerations,” said Project Architect Michael R. Carlson, in a statement. “We jumped at the chance to work with this team to design a first-of-its-kind, first-class marine facility.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 4, 2011

    Miller Alaina Ken

    The eco-friendly building envelope was built with K-tect Sustainable Building Systems.

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