Living roof and other energy efficient features to be highlighted during tour

Date(s) - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


Two local buildings, including one with a living roof, will be open during the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Buildings Open House tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Ruth Lundin, president of the Jamestown Audubon, and her husband, Paul Hedberg, have a house that is so energy efficient they received a bill from the electric company that shows a credit balance for three months in a row. Its annual utility savings are $4,111. The home is in the Town of Busti at 4307 Nutt Road, Jamestown. Visitors are asked to park on the street; the driveway is for handicapped parking only. A donation for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is appreciated.

The home was built with green systems and materials which will be showcased and explained during the open house. It features many re-used materials, straw bale insulation, radiant heating, a “living” roof, and solar energy for heat and electricity. Low V-factor paints, glues and finishes were used and local materials were sourced whenever possible. Visitors will want to note the countertops, light fixtures, window seats and much more.

The Audubon Center building, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, will also be on the tour. Its annual utility savings are $3,176.

In 2006 Audubon adopted a sustainability plan for its 14,000-square-foot facility. The plan included purchasing low energy light bulbs for exhibits, new Energy Star freezers for food storage for Liberty, the bald eagle, and putting several appliances on timers so they were not always on and using energy. These, plus heightened awareness of energy hogs identified by an amp meter, resulted in a cut of energy consumption by 37 percent four years later.  With the installation of solar panels, purchases from the grid have declined 62 percent. In 2008 Audubon was recognized at the Chautauqua County Energy Conference and Expo when it received one of the first Innovative Energy Initiative Awards.

There is no charge to visit Audubon’s grounds. Saturday’s regular admission to the Nature Center of $6 per person applies; children and Friends of the Nature Center are free.  Exhibits in addition to Energy Savings include Pollination, Rapters of the Region, Discovery Room of area reptiles and amphibians.

For more information about the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, go their website or call (716) 569-2345.