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Did you know that the Muskegon Innovation Hub (the Hub) is one of the first newly constructed facilities in Michigan to receive "Gold Certification" as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building? The Hub facility produces some of the energy it needs to heat, cool, light, and power the building. In addition to its energy efficient features, the facility was constructed using many alternative and renewable materials including flooring surfaces produced from fast-growing bamboo, recycled tires, and rigid wall surfaces made from pressed wheat.
The 25,000-square-foot Hub facility is powered, in part, by a 1.8 kW wind turbine and a 30 kW photovoltaic solar roof, which harnesses the power generated by the sun to create useful energy. The Hub also incorporates natural lighting, sensor-controlled interior lights, low-energy fluorescent and LED light fixtures, under-floor air distribution, and zoned heating and cooling networks to achieve maximum energy efficiency. A data logging system allows users and visitors of the Hub to view real-time energy generation data.