Sunday, December 14, 2008

Guidelines: What Green Design Elements Work For Libraries


Community collaboration is important in sustainable design, to assure the best use of community assets and help sustain public support. [snip] Collaboration among design disciplines also benefits from early participation in community project planning sessions.


Well-designed daylighting paired with sensor-controlled artificial lighting can reduce energy bills while making library spaces more healthful and delightful. [snip].

Green Materials

Rapidly renewable materials like cork, linoleum, wood, and other durable traditional materials are making a comeback. [snip]

Green Roofs

Roof areas need not be ugly. They can be enjoyed as living habitats or habitable reading gardens. Long roof life and reduced energy costs offset initial high installation costs. [snip]

Raised Floor Systems

Raised floor plenum delivery of conditioned air allows for optimal energy efficiency and comfort while providing flexibility for future rewiring.

Energy Efficiency

Pay for comfort, not for gas or electricity. Energy efficient libraries save money every month, ... .

Natural Ventilation

Studies have shown that operable windows increase the comfort zone of users by eight degrees, even if they are never opened. [snip]

Green Power and Renewable Energy

Photovoltaic panels and windmills may not yet pan out as cost effective investments, but demonstration projects utilizing renewable energy are grant magnets that can change the economic equation for a library project. [snip]

Indoor Environmental Quality

The days of dark, musty, windowless stacks are history. Your new library should come without the new library smell and the respiratory system complications that go with it.

/ Inset / The New Green Standard / Bill Brown /
/ Library Journal / 12/15/2003 /


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