Let the sun shine in
Windows provide natural light and reduce the use of electricity.
Room for recycling
An easily accessible area is dedicated for recycling.
A fresh idea
Windows that open allow for natural ventilation, improve indoor air quality and eliminate the need for artificial air conditioning.
This library is conveniently located near public transportation.
Taming the temperature
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.
We are carefully managing pest problems to minimize health and environmental risks.
A bright idea
High performance lighting fixtures use less electricity and need to be replaced less frequently.
"Commissioning" is a testing process that verifies that all the building’s mechanical and electrical systems are installed, calibrated and performing efficiently.
Zero chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based refrigerants are used in the building's heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems.
You can because this wood composite is made without formaldehyde (which gives off harmful fumes that can cause breathing problems).
Clean and green
We use environmentally sound products and practices for cleaning this 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
Instead of using new materials, we refinished these durable shelves so that we could continue to use them.
Lowering the flow
Efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets reduce water usage by 35%.
We use regionally sourced and rapidly renewable materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.