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R.W. Kern Center Tour

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893 West Street

Hampshire College

R.W. Kern Center

Amherst, MA 01002

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Come explore the R.W. Kern Center, one of just 17 certified Living Buildings in the world.

See how rainwater is collected, filtered, and treated to supply the building's potable water. Check out the greywater system to learn how wastewater is filtered via the building's indoor plants and sent outdoors to a constructed wetland. We’ll lift the lid on the composting toilets, check in on the rooftop solar, and see how we keep tabs on where the electricity goes. We'll also take look at the finishes and materials that make up a Living Building, and some clever and puzzling details you might miss on a casual walk-through. This tour is an authentic account of what makes our Living Building tick- the challenges, setbacks, and successes.

Meet your tour guide under the stairs in the main atrium.

While you're here, check out our neighbors over at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, another Living Building Challenge project.

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893 West Street

Hampshire College

R.W. Kern Center

Amherst, MA 01002

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