Green Design Elements for Libraries

Green libraries combine the needs of a library, sustainable design, and real cost savings in energy consumption (Brown, 2003). The main goal of green buildings is to develop and use sustainable energy-efficient resources in construction, maintenance, and overall life of the structure. Libraries considering green design will often look at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Brown (2003) identifies the following green design elements, which can be incorporated into libraries:

-Community collaboration makes sure that community assets are efficiently used and helps to maintain public support

-Daylight pair daylight with artificial lighting to reduce energy costs

-Green materials use renewable materials like wood, linoleum, bamboo, and cork

-Green roofs

-Raised floor systems

-Energy efficiency

-Natural ventilation

-Green power and renewable energy

-Indoor environmental quality