Zion Canyon Visitor Center
How can a building be like a Tree? Find out at Zion’s super-green visitor center!
A tree uses available resources, maintains a balance with its surroundings, and gives back to the world around it. Using nature's wisdom in the Zion Canyon Visitor Center design was a natural!
Buildings in the United States account for:
“Green” buildings (those designed for energy efficiency and occupant health) pollute less than typical buildings and are less expensive to operate. They are safer, healthier, more comfortable, and more economical. Research shows that their occupants are happier and more productive. A policy of green development in national parks allows guests and employees to feel good about the business they support and meets goals of the National Park Service and other agencies to further protect our national treasures—our national parks. (quote from Xanterra)
The most well known of Zion’s Earth friendly endeavors is our Visitor Center. The Center was built on a previously disturbed site & utilized outdoor exhibits to take advantage of Zion’s climate thus reducing materials needed and cost. “Ecohunt” signs have been placed throughout the site so visitors can explore the buildings’ features.
Visitor Center Features
Further Detail for the Professional
Annual Cost Savings
$14,000 per year from a 74.4% reduction in energy use and a bonus of 310,000 lbs of CO2 emissions reduced annually! (2006 figures) Reductions include:
· 64.4% Heating
· 95.6% Cooling
· 73.6% Lighting
· 43% Plug Loads
· 91.7% Fans
Helping at Home- we’re all connected
Here are a few simple steps you can take back home, with little or no direct costs, that can often reduce energy costs by 10-20 percent or more.
Find much more at: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/home.html
Did You Know?
During the summer or fall, you may see a tarantula crossing a road or trail in Zion National Park. But don’t be frightened-- tarantulas are actually amazing arachnids--gentle, basically harmless creatures that have suffered a bum rap. More...