Tyson ‘living building’ featured on NPR Science Friday

Wondering how to make your home more energy efficient? The Tyson Living Learning Center at Washington University in St. Louis has been called one of the greenest buildings in the U.S.

The hi-tech green technology behind this building is the focus of discussion in a March 12 segment of National Public Radio’s Science Friday program, which was broadcast live from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.

Science Friday host Ira Flatow discussed the building’s design with its architect, Dan Hellmuth, principal and co-founder of Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects in Maplewood, Mo.

The discussion aired live on NPR affiliates across the county and will be archived for later listening via podcast at the NPR Science Friday Web site.

Joining the discussion to offer tips on how to “green” your home is sustainable building expert Dan Chiras, president of Sustainable Systems Design, Inc. (Evergreen, Colorado) and founder/director of The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building. Chiras, based in Gerald, Mo., is the author of 29 books on green building and remodeling.

An NPR video crew toured the Tyson facility and posted the “Green Building” video — also embedded below — on the Science Friday web site. The video features interviews with Helmuth and Kevin Smith, associate director of Tyson Research Center. (Credits: photography and production by Annette Heist and Flora Lichtman/Science Friday.)


For more information on WUSTL’s Tyson Research Center and the Living Learning Center, visit the links below:

Tyson Research Center Homepage

A Journey on the Path to the Living Building Challenge (pdf)

WUSTL news release/video on Tyson Living Learning Center