The National Park Service and Forever Resorts are dedicating the first floating building project in the world to be registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification on June 6 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave, Nev.
The building will serve as the marina’s operations office and is expected to be certified at the LEED Gold rating.
“It was a visionary team made up of private industry and government, led by our partner, Forever Resorts, that transformed this idea into action,” superintendent Bill Dickinson said in a statement. “We’re setting the standard for eco-friendly floating buildings. There is no better place than in a national park to do that.”
The floating eco-friendly structure features sustainable modular construction and state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials and fixtures. Decking is made of a composite of rice hulls and recycled plastic, and the exterior stucco is made of recycled tires.
Use of low- or no-volatile-organic-compound materials, paints and adhesives will rid the building of the typical “new building” smell, improving the overall indoor air quality, according to a statement.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.