By directing the exterior lighting we reduce light pollution to the surrounding environment.
Let the sun shine in
Windows provide natural light and reduce the use of electricity.
High performance window glazing saves energy by maximizing the library’s heating and cooling systems.
We've reduced the amount of water we use by 60% with the installation of efficient landscape irrigation systems.
Our plants are green too!
We selected native and adapted plants that are well-suited to our climate, and require less water than traditional ground covers such as grass.
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.
Going with the flow
Our landscaped bioswales remove silt and pollution from stormwater runoff.
A living roof with native species plantings reduces the library's carbon footprint by reducing heat island effects and capturing rain water.
A bright idea
High performance lighting fixtures use less electricity and need to be replaced less frequently.
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).
The paints, adhesives and sealants in this building contain only low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC), reducing odorous or harmful indoor air contaminants.
A fresh idea
Windows that open allow for natural ventilation, improve indoor air quality and eliminate the need for artificial air conditioning.
Lowering the flow
Efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets reduce water usage by 40%.
Recycled materials are used throughout the building's interior.
We use regionally sourced and rapidly renewable materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.
We're green underneath
The floor you're standing on is elevated above electrical and data cables so we can easily rearrange furniture or equipment without replacing the floor, which saves resources.