While the initial goal of the project was to obtain LEED Gold, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certified the project "LEED Platinum." This was only the second LEED Platinum library in the United States, and the very first LEED Tenant-Finish library project in the country.
Some of the factors which contributed to obtaining LEED Platinum:
The Library benefits from the energy and environmental features of the core and shell, such as:
92% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill. Over 36 tons of material such as cardboard, drywall, concrete, brick, metals, and wood were recycled.
Flush and flow plumbing fixtures like sink faucets, shower heads, and toilets contribute to over 55% reduction in water use, qualifying for two LEED water efficiency credits and an innovation credit.
Energy efficiency goals were reached by selecting high-performance lighting, heating and cooling equipment, and Energy Star qualified computers, office equipment, and appliances. Examples of energy-efficient features include:
Recycled content was specified wherever available for the library. Examples include:
Interior materials were selected with care to reduce toxins and odors. Products low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) include adhesives, sealants, paint, coatings, cabinets, doors, carpet, linoleum, tile, and composite wood.
High-efficiency air filters are installed in the heating and cooling system to remove allergens, dust, and other particles from the air. The filters are classified as MERV 15 filters, removing 90-95% of pollutants.
Carbon-dioxide sensors are placed in strategic places to direct the ventilation system to deliver more outside air into the library when it becomes crowded.
Before opening to the public, the library was "flushed out" with outside air for several weeks to remove any lingering construction dust or odors.
Common areas in the library were designed to provide views to the outside.
The Library will be maintained, cleaned, and operated to continue excellent indoor air quality and a non-toxic environment. A green cleaning plan has been developed for maintaining the Library space which has been submitted for a LEED innovation credit.
|Energy & Atmosphere||10|
|Materials & Resources||6|
|Indoor Environmental Quality||13|
|Innovation & Design||5|
These points were awarded through LEED certification review under LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) 2.0.