This week’s watershed moment features Eric Doyle and Keith Winn of Catalyst Partners, discussing the LEED-Platinum certified Catalyst Partners building at 502 2nd Street Northwest in Grand Rapids.
“I like to call our buildings one of the LEED-iest buildings in the world. We use it as an incubator place to show off different technologies, different ideas, different concepts that break away from the norms,” said Doyle.
The Catalyst Partners building did not begin as a technology-focused design. Instead, passive elements, such as strategically-placed windows to provide natural ventilation and daylight, were used to reduce the amount of energy used by the building. Energy-saving technologies were added in later on, including solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and high-efficiency light fixtures that respond daylight.
The design of the building not only reduces its impact on energy infrastructure and its carbon footprint, but also saves money in the long run.
The West Michigan chapter of the U.S. Green Buildings Council will be hosting a tour of the building from 4 to 6:00 p.m. On July 18. Register for the tour here.
“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Wednesday and Saturdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.