Dayton Metro Library has conducted ongoing listening sessions with the public to pass the Libraries for a Smarter Future bond issue and to deliver amazing new facilities that meet the needs of each community. One value we heard expresses many times, and we as an organization share, is a commitment to sustainable or “earth friendly” practices. As a result, we have chosen to construct innovative green buildings following the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
LEED is changing the way people think about how buildings are planned, constructed, maintained, and operated. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues – focusing on sites, water, energy, materials, and indoor environmental quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
The Library is pursuing LEED certification for the new Main Library and the branches that are being newly constructed from the ground up. Using the framework LEED has provided, these facilities:
While the Library is not pursuing certification for the renovated branches, the architects have designed these buildings utilizing as many LEED standards as possible. At the end of the facilities process, Dayton Metro Library will be a model for holistic green building. We are proud to be an active facilitator of positive change, and constructing many facilities that meet the LEED Gold or Silver Standard embodies positive change in the built environment.
Select a Branch location below to learn about the LEED guidelines pursued at each of the facilities.
WEp1/WEc1 – WATER USE REDUCTION: The design team specified water efficient plumbing fixtures which resulted in a reduction of water use by over 38%.
EAc1 – OPTIMIZE ENERGY PERFORMANCE: The design team specified additional insulation in the walls and roof, efficient LED lighting and electrical design, and an efficient HVAC design to result in a 22% energy use savings compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-2004 baseline system.
EQc3 – CONSTRUCTION IAQ MANAGEMENT: Considering we spend the majority of our lives indoors, the project team felt it was imperative to maintain an excellent indoor air quality. To do so, the team took special precautions to keep the building and HVAC systems clean during construction. After construction completion, a building flush-out was also performed to further reduce the amount of any contaminants in the space prior to building occupancy.
EQc7.1 – THERMAL COMFORT, DESIGN: HVAC systems were designed according to ASHRAE’s Thermal Comfort Standard, ASHRAE 55-2004. This standard emphasizes comfort criteria to improve occupant productivity and satisfaction.
SSc2 – DEVELOPMENT DENSITY AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIVITY: This building is located within ½ mile walking distance of at least 10 basic services and a residential zone.
SSc4.1 – PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ACCESS: This building is located with in ¼ mile of 5 bus stops which provide access to 7 bus routes. This will help encourage individuals to use the public transportation and therefore help reduce pollution caused by individual automobile use. Please consider walking or utilizing the public transportation system when traveling to and from this building.
EQc4 – LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon compounds that off-gas at normal room temperature, emitting harmful chemicals into the air. The paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants used in this space contained little to no VOCs. The carpeting meets the requirements of the CRI Green Label Plus Program and all hard flooring meets FloorScore requirements. All composite wood was specified without added urea-formaldehyde to help improve the indoor air quality and occupant health. All systems furniture and seating is Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified or meets the ANSI/BIFMA testing requirements.
IDc2 – LEED ACCREDITED PROGESSIONAL: Multiple LEED Accredited Professionals were involved in the design and construction of the Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch. These individuals worked together.
MRp1 – STORAGE & COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLES: Recycling collection bins have been provided in multiple different locations throughout the facility such that plastic, glass, metals, paper, and corrugated cardboard used by employees or visitors can be recycled.
MRc2 – CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT: During the construction of this facility, over 75% of waste generated was diverted from the landfill. Whenever possible, construction debris was taken to nearby facilities to be recycled.
MRc4 – RECYCLED CONTENT: Over 20% of the materials used to construct the Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch contained recycled content. Using materials with recycled content significantly reduces the environmental impacts associated with utilizing virgin materials. Products such as steel framing, carpeting, insulation and drywall were selected with highrecycled content value to help achieve this level of recycled content.reduces the environmental impacts resulting from transportation of building materials.