LEED Platinum for Bush Presidential Center

Dedicated on April 25, 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. Sustainable features that earned the center its LEED Platinum certification include the following:

Site Development

Restored habitat by planting more than 70 percent of site (17.6 acres)

Reduce “heat island” effect using materials with Solar Reflective Index of at least 29

Construction and Materials

20 percent recycled materials; majority of construction waste diverted from landfills

Low-VOC-emitting products and finishes to maintain high indoor air quality

Regionally sourced materials: 

  • Texas Cordova cream limestone walls, trim and coping – 150 miles
  • Permian sea coral limestone water table from near the Bushes hometown of Midland, Texas – 150 miles
  • Lueders paving – 150 miles
  • Burlington blend brick – under 500 miles
  • Texas mesquite hard wood floors – 200 miles
  • Stained pecan interior paneling – 200 miles
  • Trees from Central Texas – 100 mile


Facility water use reduced by up to 40 percent

Water efficient landscaping:

  • 252,000-gallon irrigation cistern for pre-treating rain water before storage
  • Storage of rain water to meet 50 percent of site irrigation demands
  • Native plants, which require less water than non-native species

Energy Efficiency

Green roof systems: 1,550 sf in three areas, reducing cooling and heating demands

Solar hot water system: 2,500 sf of panels with 1,800 gallons storage capacity; supplies 100 percent of the Bush Center’s domestic hot water

Solar photovoltaic system: 19,000 sf of panels, capable of generating 164 kw or 9.5 percent of the Bush Center’s energy demand

High-performance, low-iron insulated glazing units to reduce heating and cooling loads

High-efficiency HVAC systems to reduce energy demand

Deep exterior overhangs to shade Bush Center building

Alternate Transportation

Near Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail and bus service

Parking designated for low-emission, fuel-efficient, and carpool vehicles


The list of sustainable features is reprinted from the website of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.