The Parks and People Green Workforce Development Center has been built in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, and features norament xp from nora systems. The structure, originally showcased in Building Design + Construction (BD+C) magazine’s GreenZone at the 2015 Greenbuild conference and expo, is now secured in its final location and operational. BD+C’s demonstration buildings, which have been constructed for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo since 2008, are meant to show how building products are used and installed in functioning spaces.

“We were excited to donate norament xp to this project,” said Tim Cole, vice president of marketing at nora systems, North America. “norament xp offers a sustainable, durable, stain resistant, and comfortable solution that is perfect for high-impact workspaces, such as the Parks and People GreenZone structure.”

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the community advancement arm of the USGBC constructed the 14’x45’ modular facility, which hosted thousands of Greenbuild attendees. Now that the structure is permanently placed, it will serve as headquarters for the Parks and People Foundation, a nonprofit community organization whose mission includes promoting a healthy natural environment for Baltimore. The mixed-use structure will host high school training in urban infrastructure, storm water and landscaping training; community gardeners who plant more than $100,000 of donated plant material each year, and visiting professors who study the park’s plant and landscaping.

In addition to nora flooring, sustainable strategies incorporated in the structure include a high albedo roof surface, low-flow fixtures, daylighting, mechanized solar shading, energy-efficient appliances, natural ventilation, and an energy-efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system.

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