Anza Virtual Tour

Anza Library San Francisco Public Library demonstrates its strong commitment to the environment with the reopening of the renovated Anza Branch Library on Saturday, June 18th, the second San Francisco branch library renovated to Gold certification standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Among the green features at the Anza Branch Library:

Preserved for the future
Most of this building's existing exterior is preserved in this renovation. This extends the structure's lifecycle, conserves resources, reduces waste and the environmental impacts of new building materials while retaining a cultural resource.
A local library
Over 20% of the value of the building products and materials used are sourced locally – extracted, manufactured, and recovered within 500 miles of this library.
Night lights
We avoid using unneeded lights at night to reduce light pollution.

Anza Library The Anza Branch Library renovation serves as a model of green construction practices, including:

Waste not
We recycled or salvaged at least 75% of the construction waste when building this library.
Breathe easier
The paints, adhesives and sealants in this building contain only low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC), reducing the amount of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, potentially irritating or harmful.
Pollution prevention
We controlled soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation during construction activities.

Let the sun shine in

Exterior view of large windows

Windows provide natural light and reduce the use of electricity.

Room for recycling

Recycling bins

An easily accessible area is dedicated for recycling.

A fresh idea

Interior view of large open windows

Windows that open allow for natural ventilation, improve indoor air quality and eliminate the need for artificial air conditioning.

Transit friendly

MUNI bus

This library is conveniently located near public transportation.

Taming the temperature

Exterior view of side if building and windows

We use roofing and exterior paving materials that reduce the heat island effect (thermal gradient differences between developed and natural areas). This minimizes our impact on the microclimate and on wildlife habitat.

Pest prevention

Outside landscaping and walking path

We are carefully managing pest problems to minimize health and environmental risks.

A bright idea

Lighting fixtures hanging from ceiling

High performance lighting fixtures use less electricity and need to be replaced less frequently.

On target

Control panels and gauges for heating and other systems

"Commissioning" is a testing process that verifies that all the building’s mechanical and electrical systems are installed, calibrated and performing efficiently.

Climate controls

Thermostat control for temperature

Zero chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based refrigerants are used in the building's heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems.

Breathe deeply…

Wood composite staircase

You can because this wood composite is made without formaldehyde (which gives off harmful fumes that can cause breathing problems).

Clean and green

Cleaning materials

We use environmentally sound products and practices for cleaning this Library.

Flourishing flooring

Section of floor inside library

Made from natural ingredients including flax seeds, sawdust and pine resin, this linoleum comes primarily from renewable resources and is biodegradable.

These beautiful wooden shelves are original to this building

Vintage wooden bookshelves

Instead of using new materials, we refinished these durable shelves so that we could continue to use them.

Lowering the flow

Faucet on sink

Efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets reduce water usage by 35%.

Good wood

Table with chairs

We use regionally sourced and rapidly renewable materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.

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