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Fairdale Library LEEDS By Example

Wednesday August 28, 2013

The green library in Fairdale just got a little bit “greener” today. The Louisville Free Public Library and Mayor Fischer announced this morning the awarding of LEED Silver-certification to the Fairdale Library.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built sustainably and with low environmental impact.

LEED certification takes into account all aspects of design, construction, and operation - from the building site, to construction materials, to how energy efficient the building is. The Fairdale Library incorporates advanced “green” technologies and architectural design to save energy and be eco-friendly. Green features include geothermal heating and cooling, daylight harvesting interior lighting, environmentally-friendly furniture and flooring, and energy efficient windows and fixtures.

“The Library is committed to developing environmentally sustainable buildings that work well and save money,” said Library Director Craig Buthod. “Obtaining LEED certification reinforces that commitment.”

Energy and water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources are main components of Fairdale’s LEED award, and they are principles governing future library projects.

“As we work toward being a greener, more sustainable city, it’s exciting that our libraries are helping lead the way,” Fischer said. “The Fairdale Library joins the Newburg branch in being recognized as a community facility that is designed, built and operated the right way. We will make sure our Southwest Regional Library on Dixie Highway will be the same kind of state-of-the-art green learning and community engagement center. It’s not only the right thing to do in terms of low impact on the environment – it’s the smart thing to do because it means lower operating costs.”

In 2009, the Newburg Library became Metro government’s first LEED-certified building.

**************************************************************The Fairdale Library’s “green” infrastructure components

Project site selection: Library leadership selected a project site that could be accessed by multiple forms of transportation: bicycle, bus, walking, car pool, etc.

Maximized open space: The project was developed to increase open space opportunities, there-by reducing the quantities of asphalt paving and concrete and increasing the areas for recreation and landscaping.

Geothermal heating and cooling: The project installed eight wells at 400 feet deep, serving ten energy efficient heat pumps for all building heating and cooling.

Passive solar heating: The building was designed and oriented on-site to block the hot summer sun and allow the low winter sun angles to assist in passively heating the building.

Daylight harvesting lighting: This system uses daylight to offset the amount of electric lighting needed to properly light a space. This is accomplished using lighting control systems that are able to dim or switch electric lighting in response to changing daylight.

Water infiltration and management: This system manages storm water runoff, preventing flooding and downstream erosion, and improving water quality in adjacent waterways. It is a shallow excavated trench filled with gravel or crushed stone that is designed to infiltrate storm water though permeable soils into the groundwater aquifer.

Low water consumption landscaping: The project installed low water consuming plants to decrease the required irrigation and maintenance of the building.

Low VOC paint: This project utilized paint selections that minimize the volatile organic compounds (VOC) within the building.

Low VOC interior floor finishes: This project utilized floor finish selections that minimize VOCs within the building.

FSC certified wood: The wood selected for installation on this project has been certified as sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council.

High reflective roofing: The roofing material selected for this project is a high reflective white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof. This roof color reduces the solar heat gain of the building.

High efficiency water faucets: This project has installed high efficiency faucet aerators to reduce water consumption at each sink.

Low flow toilets and urinals: This project specification reduces water use for each flush.

Energy star rated computers: The Library installed 37 Energy Star rated touch-smart computers

Reduced Construction waste: 76% of the project construction waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill.

Green power purchase agreement: LFPL has partnered with LG&E to purchase 72% of the building’s energy from renewable sources of power production.

Green cleaning program: LFPL has initiated a green cleaning program to continue to provide eco-conscience cleaning solutions for the facility, reducing exposure to toxins within the facility.