It's a first of it's kind facility in the state. Construction is almost complete on the center for green technology and innovation in Bristol. When complete, the building will be about 20,000 square feet. But before the first nail was put in place, a lot of planning had to happen.
"Everything we're using is completely re-usable in it's existing form or just a small amount of recycling. To be re-used again and again," says Doug Mossbrook. He is the owner of Eagle Mountain and is using this building not only as an example, but also for his business. His company manufactures alternative energy products.
"This is really a chance for us to use a lot of our own products in our building," Mossbrook adds. Some of the features that make this building "green" include the large windows that will allow in sunlight, saving on electricity.
There will also be a geothermal heating system made up of coils that will be located in a pond. He also plans to add solar panels and a living roof, that will have wild grasses. Plus, an earth berm around the building will help keep heat in.
He expects the building will use 65% less energy than one that is conventionally built. "Green is everywhere. It has happened very quickly, now we just have to teach them what that means," says Mossbrook.
Once the building is complete, the work isn't over. Mossbrook plans to use some of the space to teach others about green energy. "The idea is that we have to start educating consumers, whoever that may be, on how to utilize technology available to reduce our energy use and the use of natural resources."