Case Statement

Green and Sustainable Features

The new Main Library will incorporate current concepts for sustainable design and energy conservation:

  • Energy efficient, well insulated building with Low-E glazing
  • Light reflecting roof surface
  • Natural day lighting
  • Non-toxic and low VOC materials
  • Long-life environmentally-friendly building products
  • Water saving plumbing fixtures
  • Non-potable water usage for toilets and site irrigation
  • High-efficiency boilers and chillers
  • Computerized building energy management
  • Heat reclamation for all outside-air ventilation
  • Vegetated Green Roof with low energy lamps and ballasts
  • Photo sensors to dim lights when daylight is sufficient and occupancy sensors to control/reduce lighting, heating, and cooling when rooms are unoccupied
  • Pervious concrete pavement

These features and many more are anticipated to qualify the new Main Library for LEED silver certification, a rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council.