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Perot Museum Achieves Green Globes® Highest Possible Ranking for Sustainable Building Design

Green Building Initiative

Museum achieves four out of four possible Globes

DALLAS (April 11, 2013) – The Perot Museum of Nature and Science recently achieved a four Green Globes® rating from the Green Building Initiative for its sustainability practices. The museum’s achievement is a rare feat – only 12 out of 759 Green Globes certified buildings in the US have achieved four Globes.

A nationally recognized green building guidance and assessment program, Green Globes helps commercial building owners advance environmental performance and sustainability through a rigorous online assessment that is followed by a comprehensive site visit and evaluation by an independent third-party assessor.

“The Perot Museum of Nature and Science was designed and built using green building practices so that it might serve as a model of sustainability and inspire the hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren, families and adults who visit each year,” said Nicole G. Small, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer.  “It’s an enormous honor – and a big thrill – to have the Green Building Initiative validate our efforts by awarding a maximum four Green Globes rating to the Perot Museum.”

The Perot Museum achieved an overall rating of 85% on the Green Globes rating scale. The museum achieved a score of 100% for the site design and enhancement measures to minimize the building's impact on the site. It also achieved a perfect score for its integrated design process, integration of environmental purchasing, commissioning plan and emergency response plan.

“Having assessed dozens of Green Globes applicants over the past five years, this facility scored the highest,” said Eric Truelove, Green Globes Assessor. “I congratulate the management of Perot Museum of Nature and Science for their strong commitment to sustainability as evidenced by the scores that they received.”

The Perot Museum, located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas is a six story, 180,000-square-foot building. A significant feature is the 54-foot escalator contained in a 150-foot glass-enclosed tube-like structure that dramatically extends outside the building.

The museum, designed as a teaching tool that provides “living” examples of engineering, sustainability and technology at work, opened its doors to the public on December 1, 2012.

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is the exclusive licensee of Green Globes. A recent report by the U.S. General Services Administration shows that Green Globes aligns with more of the federal sustainability requirements than any other green building rating system for new construction.

GREEN BUILDING INITIATIVE (GBI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction. GBI is the exclusive U.S. licensee of Green Globes®, an advanced green building guidance and assessment program that offers an effective, practical and affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. www.thegbi.org

PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185 million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, opened to the public December 1, 2012. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit perotmuseum.org.