We avoid using unneeded lights at night to reduce light pollution.
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.
Let the sun shine in
Windows provide natural light and reduce the use of electricity.
A fresh idea
Windows that open allow for natural ventilation, improve indoor air quality and eliminate the need for artificial air conditioning.
Bicycle racks are provided, encouraging library visitors to use this environmental and health conscious mode of transportation.
Zero chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based refrigerants are used in the building's heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems.
A bright idea
High performance lighting fixtures use less electricity and need to be replaced less frequently.
You can because this wood composite is made without formaldehyde (which gives off harmful fumes that can cause breathing problems).
The paints, adhesives and sealants in this building contain only low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC), reducing odorous or harmful indoor air contaminants.
Made from natural ingredients including flax seeds, sawdust and pine resin, this linoleum comes primarily from renewable resources and is biodegradable.
Lowering the flow
Efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets reduce water usage by 45%.