"What's happening is, the commercial buildings are becoming LEED certified," says Nathan Webb, an architect with Reader & Swartz Architects. "They're pushing the limit in terms of technology and that is filtering down."
LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has multiple categories that buildings have to meet to become certified, from energy to water efficiency.
Local architects have been designing buildings for years that meet LEED standards.
"We're re-using as much as possible," says Mary Braun, Executive Director at the
The museum managers hope to be LEED certified once the renovation is complete. They say the first and most important aspect of their project is using an already existing building.
"We're not tearing it down and building a news structure," says Webb. "That's a huge thing in the eyes of the LEED program."
They've also prepared a green roof which will double as a garden and water mitigation system for their part of the city.
"When it rains, that green roof will absorb the water," Webb says. "It will retain it for a while and release it into the sewer slowly so you don't get big floods."
It's an advancement that's bringing more opportunities for sustainability to the area.