The Dayton Metro Library’s new buildings are not only beautiful, state-of-the-art Library design, they are also environmentally responsible. The Main Library, which opened just over a year ago, has been awarded LEED Gold certification.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized certification process for “green buildings,” developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED process is designed to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that are better for the environment and communities.
LEED-certified buildings are resource and cost efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, projects receive one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
“Sustainability and environmental friendliness have been identified as priorities by participants at many of our community listening sessions,” said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. “It is also another way to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that tax dollars are spent wisely.”
All of the new-construction Dayton Metro Libraries have achieved LEED certification. Northwest, New Lebanon, Vandalia, and Miamisburg Branches, as well as the Main Library, received LEED Gold, and the Brookville Branch was awarded LEED Silver.