Thursday, October 30, 2008

Library/California: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch Library (Los Angeles)


14,500-square-foot Exposition Park – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch Library used the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) new construction rating system developed by the U.S Green Building Council. There are four certification levels (Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum) awarded according to achievement as evaluated by points using the LEED scorecard. The following outlines design measures were employed to attain Gold certification in the construction of the library:

1. Landscape & Exterior Design to Reduce Heat Island: Additional shade trees and less thermal-absorbing “white concrete” pavement and “white coating” on the roof were used to reduce the heat absorbed by the site during the day and radiated at night. This helps avoid raising the ambient temperature and disturbing the microclimate of the surrounding park.

2. Water Use Reduced by 30%: The installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures as well as highly efficient landscaping irrigation system will reduce water consumption by 30%.

3. Optimize Energy Performance: The building is designed to be 27% more energy efficient than a standard building, by utilizing efficient mechanical systems, double glazing with high efficiency glass coatings, and naturally lit reading rooms with automatic light fixture dimming.

4. Recycled & Environmental Safe Content: At least 10% of the materials and products used in this project were from recycled materials; rapidly renewable materials were also used such as bamboo flooring and cotton Insulation; and low volatile organic compound content paints and coating.

5. Regional Materials: At least 10% of the total materials used to construct the library were from sources within 500 miles of the project site, thus reducing the greenhouse gases emitted by transporting materials over greater distances.

6. Solar power: DWP donated a large number of photovoltaic panels, which were placed on the south side of the building and on the roof to generate electricity from the sun.

7. Transportation Alternative: The library is located close to community transportation such as the bus line and train station.

8. Additional Commissioning: An independent commissioning agent has been retained to verify that the building systems are calibrated and performance meets the LEED requirements.The commissioning agent will also provide maintenance personnel with training and will be available for re-commissioning and verification services.



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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Library/North Carolina: Imaginon Is Green

“Green” building projects are designed for both high performance and sustainability, resulting in environmental, economic, health, and community benefits. ImaginOn is the first public building in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County certified by the US Green Building Council.

In spring, 2005 our facility was recognized by the Mecklenburg County Recycling Program for its outstanding commitment to keeping green throughout the construction process. RodgersHardin, the general contractor for ImaginOn, recycled 100% of the waste generated during the demolition phase and 82% of the construction waste. Concrete, wood, drywall, metal, and paper were all sorted onsite and recycled locally. Construction and demolition debris accounts for an estimated 1/3 of the overall waste stream in Mecklenburg County . [snip]

In 2006, ImaginOn was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the silver level. We scored LEED points by documenting our construction process, making the building energy-efficient, using recycled or environmentally sustainable materials, and educating the public about our efforts.

Architectural Fact Form


Go On A Green Hunt!




Library/Washington: Seattle Public Library - Sustainable Design & Features

The Seattle Public Library and the architects and contractors who designed and built the Central Library were committed to constructing a sustainable building that meets the Sustainable Building Policy of the City of Seattle.

The building has many design elements and features to lessen its energy and environmental impact on our planet. Elements that contribute to making the design, building, and long-term use of the Central Library green and sustainable include:
  • Sustainable site: Erosion and sedimentation control during construction; re-building on same site; located on major bus routes; bicycle parking spaces; landscaping and exterior design to reduce "heat island effect;" automatic lighting controls to reduce light pollution.
  • Water efficiency: Approximately a quarter of plants drought-tolerant; water-efficient drip irrigation system; when possible, water comes from an on-site 38,500-gallon rainwater collection tank; interior water use reduced by metered faucets, no-flush urinals and efficient mechanical equipment.
  • Energy and atmosphere: Building designed to outperform Seattle energy code by 10 percent; about half the glass used in the curtain wall is triple-glazed with an aluminum expanded metal mesh sandwiched between two panes to reduce heat buildup from sunlight; no chlorofluorocarbon-based refrigerants in air conditioning and no halon gases in fire suppression system; control systems meter HVAC systems, water usage and energy performance of the building.
  • Materials and resources: Space designed into loading dock area to collect and store recyclables; more than 75 percent of demolition and construction waste was recycled; a significant amount of recycled material was used in construction; a minimum of 20 percent of the building products used in the Central Library were manufactured within 500 miles of Seattle, thus helping the local economy and reducing impacts of transporting materials long distances.
  • Indoor environmental quality: Central Library meets or exceeds the standard American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers 62-1999, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality; smoking is not permitted in the building; carbon dioxide is monitored and is no higher than outdoor levels by more than 530 parts per million; a monitoring system automatically adjusts for thermal comfort; maximize daylight and views in 90 percent of all regularly occupied spaces.
  • Innovation and Design Process: LEED™ stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the rating system used by the U.S. Green Building Council to determine the degree of green and sustainable design in a building project. The project achieved an exemplary level of the use of recycled materials and was awarded a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.


Resource: Wikipedia: Green Library

Green Library
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Green libraries are a part of the larger green building movement. Also known as sustainable libraries, green libraries are being built all over the world, with many high profile projects bringing the concept into the mainstream. Along with library 2.0, green design is an emerging trend, defining the library of the 21st century. Many view the library as having a unique role in the green building movement due to its altruistic mission, public and pedagogical nature, and the fact that new libraries are usually high profile, community driven projects.


1 What makes a library green?
1.1 LEED
1.2 Special needs
2 How are libraries becoming green?
2.1 Site selection
2.2 Water conservation
2.3 Energy conservation
2.4 Building materials
2.5 Indoor air quality
3 Why are libraries becoming green?
3.1 Mission
3.2 Technology
3.3 Image
3.4 Independence
4 High-profile green libraries
4.1 Seattle Central Library
4.2 National Library, Singapore
4.3 Minneapolis Public Library
4.4 Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
4.5 Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
5 References



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Conference: Library Journal 4th Design Institute, December 2008, Hartford, Connecticut

Library Journal, 4th Design Institute, December 2008, Hartford, Connecticut

DATE: December 4, 2008 (Thursday) TIME: 9 AM - 6 PM
LOCATION: Connecticut Legislative Office Building / 300 Capitol Avenue / Hartford CT 06106

The fourth Library Journal Design Institute moves to Connecticut for a one-day think tank on green design. We will bring together leading architects, designers, librarians, and vendors to hone in on the challenges and solutions we face in making libraries sustainable. As previous Green Design institutes have shown, there is much more to sustainability than making our libraries green.

With every Green Design Institute, we've taken a leap forward in knowledge and understanding, but there is so much more we can learn from these experts and each other. Join us for a day-long series of green-themed presentations, panels, and breakout sessions, and learn the latest developments, options, costs and strategies being adopted.

We'll also reprise one of the most successful features of the day: hands-on breakout sessions with architects. Each librarian attendee will have a chance to have their design challenge be the focus of one of the six architect-led breakout sessions. The design challenges do not have to focus solely on going green, but the breakout session will incorporate green solutions into the design.
Limited to 100 attendees, the seminar is for those considering a new building project or renovation, in the fundraising or pre-bond stage, or in the early building process.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES: Welcome breakfast, registration, lunch, cocktail, educational panels and presentations, plus group breakout sessions.

Each session, led by sponsoring architects, will focus on a pre-selected, real-life challenge submitted in advance by attendees and chosen by LJ. To get the most out of the afternoon breakout sessions, you must submit a description of your library's 'challenge'

>>>No Later Than November 4, 2008 <<<

Double-spaced word document (maximum 200 words). Please describe either the larger design problem you are tackling with your new building, renovation, or addition, or a particular aspect of it. Your problems do not need to have a specific "green" component, but the architects will incorporate green solutions during their presentations.

Supporting documents to help us best visualize the space and challenges described above. These could include photos (2-3 is fine, and can be quick snap-shot digital images), plans, sketches, etc. These items, however, are not needed to be considered.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: LJ editors, library consultants, designers, vendors, librarians and architects

REGISTRATION CRITERIA: Design Institute is open to librarians who are in the bond,pre-bond or early planning stage. Admission is FREE!

Online Registration Form / Transportation / Accomodation Recommendations Information Available



Thursday, October 23, 2008

Article: Green Library Design And Evaluation: The Taipei Public Library, Taiwan

Shu-hsien Tseng, "Green Library Design And Evaluation: The Taipei Public Library, Taiwan, New Library World 109 no. 7-8 (2008): 321-336.

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce the planning and architectural design features, and the post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of the Beitou Branch Library in the Taipei Public Library System. This paper also proposes possible solutions in response to the public's suggestions for improvements.

Design/methodology/approachA library-user survey was employed to appraise the functioning of the Beitou Branch Library by the general public. The questionnaire for this survey was divided into three parts: background information of patrons; patrons' use of the Beitou Branch Library; and patrons' opinions on the facilities of the Beitou Branch Library. The 511 valid returned patron questionnaires were numbered and processed by means of Microsoft Excel statistical analysis. Chi-square testing, ANOVA and Pearson T-test were then used to analyze the relevant data and statistics.

Findings The findings from the Beitou Branch Library survey are as follows: its innovative design and unique architecture and furniture has created a trend for new design concepts in Taiwan; it increases the number of library visits; it increases the visibility of the library and changes the stereotype of the library in the public's mind; it embodies the principles of ecological education and has become a multi-faceted learning center; it has gained the support of local residents and professional experts; it has generated corporate sponsorship of green library buildings; and the average numbers and distribution of frequency indicate that, other than “convenient parking” and “number of computers in the computer area”, patrons were generally satisfied with the library's facilities, with all other categories receiving an average rating of 3.5 or greater.

Originality/valueThis paper provides details of the experience of Taipei Public Library in planning and designing a diamond class green library and may increase public libraries' concerns about the issues of environmental protection and energy conservation.

DOI: 10.1108/03074800810888159


© Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Library/New York: The Bronx Library Center - A Leading Example Of An Environmentally Responsible Building

Bronx Library Center

The new Bronx Library Center replaces the former Fordham Branch Library. The facility provides expanded circulation and reference collections, cutting-edge information technology, a full range of education, business and technology training for all ages, literacy classes, and English language proficiency programs. The BLC also houses the Latino and Puerto Rican Cultural Center, with extensive bilingual collections, educational and cultural programs, and multi-media exhibits. Key design concepts include maximizing natural light, minimizing internal circulation, providing clear lines of sight, establishing an appropriate planning module for efficient stack layout, and providing an adaptable open plan.

Each floor is conceived as a rational, rectangular public space surrounded by service, circulation and smaller program spaces fitting into the irregularities of the site. Planning follows a basic daylight strategy: services at the relatively enclosed western side, books and other collection items in the middle and most of the seating in the glazed day-lit areas at the perimeter.

Individually designed public stairs provide different types of processional experience between floors. They make circulation through the building an important part of the visitors experience, and highlight the connections between the various parts of the library collection distributed throughout the building.

The design includes many sustainable features such as high-performance curtainwall, extensive daylighting, energy efficient mechanical and lighting systems and controls, and environmentally friendly materials with high recycled content.

The project received LEED® Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council. It is the first publicly funded building in New York City and the first library in The New York Public Library system to receive LEED certification.


AIA NYS Citation for Design Excellence / Building Design and Construction Building Team Silver Award / New York City Green Building Award Honorable Mention / Environmental Design + Construction Excellence in Design Award / IIDA - IES Award of Merit / GE Edison Lighting Award of Excellence / GE Edison Lighting Award for Sustainable Design



News Coverage

Bronx Library Center / New York City / Dattner Architects


Case Study: Bronx Library Center, Bronx, NY


New Bronx Library Meets Old Need


The New York Public Library's Bronx Library Center Recognized for Sustainable Design Features by the U.S. Green Building Council


LEED Certified Building


U.S. Green Building Council Project Profile


Conference: Greening Libraries => Greener Communities Conference | October 31 2008

Greening Libraries => Greener Communities

Libraries are becoming increasingly more than gateways of information and are extending their roles to responding proactively to the concerns of the comunity.

Sustaining the environment has become a library concern and an issue requiring examination in the library context.

Make plans to attend the free, all-day conference

Greening Libraries => Greener Communities

a collaboration between the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), on Friday, October 31, 2008. The conference will be held at the Bronx Library Center, the first publicly financed building in NY State to be certified as a LEED designated building.

Drawing from the combined resources as public institutions, NYPL and LACUNY offer a conference that tackles the issues and offers constructive ways to mobilize. The conference brings together stakeholders from libraries and the communities they serve to share and learn from leading experts on a variety of green topics:

Greening Buildings, Greening the Book, Greening Technology, and Greening Funds. There will also be a series of poster sessions and vendor displays to add to the rich offering of information available on being Green.

Keynote Speakers / Speakers / Program / Green Box Lunch / Media / Registration

Conference Committee /Sustainable Links / Sponsors / Directions / LACUNY Homepage


Date: Friday, October 31, 2008

Location: Bronx Library Center / 310 East Kingsbridge Road/ Bronx NY 10458.

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 4:15 P.M.

Tentative Conference Outline

9:00 – 9:45 AM: Registration, (Coffee and pastries)

Vendors and Posters will be on display.

9:45 – 10:00 AM: Introductions

Beth Evans, LACUNY President

Leslie Harrison, Bronx Library Center, Chief Librarian

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Opening / Morning Keynote

Majora Carter, Founder, Sustainable South Bronx

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM: Greening Books Panel

Raz Godernik, Eco-libris []

Shannon Binns, Green Press Initiative []

Andrew Van Der Laan, Director, Senior Project Manager Publishing Operations Projects Group, Random House, Inc.

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Lunch

1:15 & 1:30 PM: Two brief tours of the Bronx Library Center

1:15 – 2:00 PM: Poster Session & Tables / Con Edison ; Hunter Student Environmental Group

2:00 – 3:00 PM: 3 Breakout Sessions

A. Greening Funds

Ines Sucre, Reference Librarian, Foundation Center

B. Greening Gadgets or Greening Technology

Pamela Lieber, Supervising Librarian of the Adult Collection, Bronx Library Center

eNYLP provides access to electronic audiobooks, video, Music, and eBooks

C. Greening Buildings Panel

Daniel Heuberger AIA, Dattner Architects

Jim Lloyd, Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations, Baruch College, CUNY

John Denham, DenhamWolf

3:00 – 4:00PM: Closing Keynote

Frederick W. Stoss

“Global Warming ICE: Information Communication, Education.” Stoss is the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Mathematics Librarian, University at Buffalo, SUNY and one of the '1,000 Climate Messengers' trained by Al Gore and The Climate Project

4:00 – 4:15 PM: Closing Comments

Curtis L Kendrick, University Librarian, CUNY



LACUNY Blog Conference Summary / Beth Evans / November 6 2008 /


Social Network: The Green Library Facebook Group Established

A companion Facebook group to The Green Library blog was established on October 22 2008.

The purpose of this global Facebook Group is to serve as a forum to discuss significant activities, events, literature, and projects that focus on " ... increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal" of and by libraries.

The Green Library Facebook group is located at

Blog: Launch of The Green Library Blog

The Green Library blog was created and launched October 22 2008.
The blog is devoted to documenting significant activities, events, literature, and projects that focus on " ... increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal" [].

While the major focus of The Green Library blog will be library facilities, substantive general work relating to Green Buildings and Sustainability will also be profiled.