Sunday, December 14, 2008

Blog: Library Layout: The Green Library

The Green Library / December 4, 2008 / Konrad Maziarz

Libraries are already places for lifelong learning, and they provide users with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. There’s no better place to model best practices for sustainable design, to be incubators for reduced energy consumption, to be educators for a whole range of new ideas than the library.

Francine Fialkoff / Editor in Chief / Library Journal / 01/15/2008

In an ever-increasing eco-friendly society, the library must lead by example. Libraries need to modify or design new buildings to meet this ever increasing necessity for society. Although the Greening effort has less to do with the layout of the interior of the library, it has become one of the most important decision factors when designing libraries.

What Is A Green Building?

A green building is a building that is concerned with a high priority on health, environmental and resource conservation. Green Designs emphasize environmental resource and occupant health concerns:

  • Reduce human exposure to noxious materials

  • Conserve non-renewable energy and scarce materials

  • Minimize life-cycle ecological impact of energy and materials used

  • Use renewable energy and materials that are sustainably harvested

  • Protect and restore local air, water, soils, flora and fauna

  • Support pedestrians, bicycles, mass transit and other alternatives to fossil-fueled vehicles

(Why Green Building Design, 2008)

Why Sould Libraries Go Green?

As mentioned earlier libraries must lead by example, buildings are symbols for future generations; the symbols and attitudes of the creators are used to influence the attitudes of future generations and visitors. Green libraries are built to last, be flexible enough to respond to changing functional demands, provide an environment that is inspiring and safe, and perform efficiently (Sands, 2005). The aim of a green building is to develop and use sustainable and energy-efficient resources in the construction, maintenance, and long-term life of a structure. [snip]


How To Go Green


  • Redevelop Urban Areas

  • Alternative Transportation

  • Reduce Heat Islands

  • Reduce Light Pollution

  • Improve night sky visibility


  • Optimize Energy Performance

  • Promote Renewable Energy

  • Commission your building


  • Reuse Buildings

  • Manage Construction Waste

  • Reuse Resources

  • Use Recycling/Recycled Content

  • Specify Regional Materials

  • Use Certified Wood


  • Assure Ventilation Effectiveness

  • Daylight and Views

(Plagmann, 2006)



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