We're "LEEDing" the Way
Longwood Public Library Earns LEED Platinum Certification
First LEED Certified Platinum library building in New York State, according to USGBC website
Longwood Public Library’s expanded and transformed building, which re-opened on October 9, 2015, was built with energy-efficient technology and designed for an environmentally-friendly community-centered facility. The building’s many sustainable features have earned the facility LEED® Platinum Certification, the highest level of recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally-recognized certification system administered by the USGBC. It has four levels of achievement, ranging from Certified, requiring a minimum of 40 credits out of a possible 111, to Platinum, which requires at least 80 credits. The USGBC designated Longwood Public Library as LEED Platinum following a series of evaluations. The facility earned 85 points, five more than required for Platinum status. Several public libraries in New York State have achieved various levels of LEED certification, but none at the Platinum level until now, according to the USGBC website.
“When community members participated in the design process, they made it clear that energy-efficient and sustainable features were important to them. The Library Board of Trustees agreed and is committed to long-term sustainability. We’re proud to offer our community a comfortable, appealing and healthy library, with a small environmental impact,” says Lisa Jacobs, Library Director.
Sustainable features contributing to the library’s recent Platinum recognition include:
- Lighting control system which takes advantage of maximized daylighting
- Triple-glazed windows to minimize heat loss and glare
- Spray foam insulation resulting in exceptional thermal comfort
- Reduction in water use including no permanent irrigation system
- High-efficiency mechanical systems
- Restored native habitats around the perimeter of the property
- Rooftop solar array to reduce power consumption from the grid
- Recycling and green housekeeping practices