Main menu

Sustainable Libraries for Years to Come

leedlogoDayton 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:

  • Are built with more sustainable materials
  • Use less water 
  • Are more energy efficient
  • Have better indoor environmental quality.

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.


What LEED credits is the Main Library Pursuing?


01SSc2 – Development Density and Community Connectivity: This building is located within ½ mile walking distance of at least 10 basic services and a residential zone.

02SSc4.1 – Public Transportation Access: This building is located within 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.

03WEp1/WEc1 – Water Use Reduction: The design team specified water efficient plumbing fixtures which resulted in a reduction of water use by over 30%.

04EAc1 – 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 44% energy use savings compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-2004 baseline system.

05MRp1 – 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.

06MRc2 – 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.

03MRc4 – Recycled Content: Over 10% 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 high-recycled content value to help achieve this level of recycled content.

04EQc3.1 – 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.

05EQc4 – 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.

02EQc7.1 – 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.

03IDc2 – LEED Accredited Professional: Multiple LEED Accredited Professionals were involved in the design and construction of the Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch. These individuals worked together to help the project pursue LEED Certification in the most effective manner possible.

© 2014 - 2018 Dayton Metro Library. All Rights Reserved - Privacy Policy
(Large DesktopTabletPhone Layout)