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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.

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