The Building-Sustainable Features
The 5.4.7 Arts Center was designed and built by Studio 804, a non-profit organization of graduate level architecture students from the University of Kansas. The 5.4.7 Arts Center is the 1st LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building in Kansas.
Wind Turbines- The Arts Center has 3 Kestrel Wind Turbines that produce 600 watts each. The turbines are connected to a bank of 12 batteries.
Photovoltaic Panels (solar panels)- There are 8 solar panels on the roof that convert the sun's energy to electricity to help power the facility.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling-Three geothermal wells, 200 feet deep are used in a closed system to take water out of the building below the earth's surface where the temperature is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. There the water is warmed or cooled depending on the season and brought back into the building to heat and cool the building.
In the basement, these systems are wired into a Xantrex converter that converts the energy produced by the wind turbines and solar panels from DC to AC current to be used in the building, stored in the batteries, or sold to the city for credit.
-There are 260 pieces of tempered glass that covers the exterior of the building. The glass blocks UV rays, protecting the reclaimed wood siding from sun damage and keeps the building cooler. It is 10 times stronger than a car windshield.
-The gallery floor is 4 inches of concrete and absorbs the sun's rays in the winter to warm the building.
-The skylights throughout open to provide natural ventilation on moderate temperature days, and also provide for natural daylighting saving on energy used for lights. The lights in the gallery have sensors and will go off if it is light out or if no one is in the space.
-The roof is a 'green roof' covered with succulent plants or sedum. This reduces the heat island effect by reducing the UV rays absorbed by the roof and also provides additional insulation to the roof.
-Rainwater is collected from the building and stored in a 1500 gallon cistern for use in watering the native buffalo grass lawn.
Recycled Materials:-The exterior of this facility is sided with reclaimed Douglas Fir lumber from the Sunflower Ammunition warehouses near Desoto, KS.
-Cellulose insulation made from recycled newspapers was used to insulate the walls.
-The counter tops in the kitchen and office are made from compressed recycled cardboard.