Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Green Building: The Little White House Museum

The Little White House Museum is a green building. It has been designed and constructed to minimize the adverse impacts to the environment and the building occupants. Considering the many conservation related contributions that were made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, it’s only fitting that a museum dedicated to his life incorporates many conservation related features. Some of the innovative and energy efficient features include:

  • A reflective coating on the roof to reduce heat absorption
  • Waterless plumbing fixtures and rainwater capture and reuse in the climate control system reducing water use by more than 40 percent.
  • High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that provides a comfortable indoor environment that is 20 percent more efficient than a standard system.
  • Over 90 percent of the construction waste was diverted from a landfill and recycled.
  • Over 81 percent use of local and regional building materials.
  • Use of building materials with minimal odors.

This building has been designed and constructed in accordance with rigorous environmental standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council in its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating criteria and has been certified at the silver level. This facility demonstrates the commitment of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to practice and promote environmentally responsible building design and construction practices. For more information visit the U.S. Green Building Council website at

Reflective coating on the roof reduces the heat island effect and saves energy.


Recycling bins for different materials.

Waterless urinal requires no water for flushing.
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