Sunday, December 14, 2008

Book: Sustainable Library Design

Sands, Johanna. Sustainable Library Design. [Cerritos, Calif?]: Libris Design Project, 2004.

Architects are coming back to an ideological middle ground between advanced technology and traditional systems. For many years, architects have relied on mechanical systems to solve the indoor environmental and energy use problems that their aesthetically centered designs created. As a culture, we are coming face to face with the limitations of the technology that we have placed so much faith in. We are finding a need for using that technology appropriately, and in a way that supports design that is wisely collaborative with the laws of nature.

Rather than suggest that we return to a primitive state, this shift suggests that we take inspiration from nature's design to use technology wisely to support design informed by thousands of years of experience. It is essential to keep in mind that sustainable architecture is no different, in theory, from intelligent architecture. The challenge of building with minimal impact on resources provides architects with an opportunity to redirect their focus on elegantly simple design solutions, responsive to site, climate, and culture.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION .... 2

2. WHY ARE WE CONCERNED ABOUT BUILDINGS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?.... 2

3. WHY SHOULD LIBRARIES BE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS? .... 4

4. UNDERSTANDING SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN THE LARGER CONTEXT ..... 5
4.1 THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE ..... 5
4.2 THE NATURAL STEP .... 6
4.3 MCDONOUGH BRAUNGART DESIGN CHEMISTRY ..... 7


5. INTRODUCTION TO THE USGBC ..... 7

6. AREAS OF IMPACT..... 9
6.1 SUSTAINABLE SITES ..... 9
6.2 WATER EFFICIENCY ..... 11
6.3 ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE ..... 12
6.4 MATERIALS ..... 14
6.5 INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ..... 16


7. INTEGRATED DESIGN TEAM APPROACH ..... 17

8. CASE STUDIES ..... 19
8.1 PHOENIX CENTRAL LIBRARY; PHOENIX, ARIZONA ..... 19
8.2 LIBRARY AT MT. ANGEL ABBEY; MT. ANGEL, OREGON ..... 20
8.3 DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY; DELFT, NETHERLANDS ..... 21
8.4 LIBRARY AND CULTURAL CENTER; HERTEN, GERMANY ..... 22


9. GLOSSARY OF SUSTAINABILITY TERMINOLOGY ..... 23

10. FURTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION ..... 23

11. CONTRIBUTORS ..... 25

Sustainable Library Design. This material has been created by Johanna Sands, AIA and provided through the Libris Design Project [http://www.librisdesign.org/], supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Any use of this material should credit the author and funding source.

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