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Sustainability

“WE ARE COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE TO ACQUIRING SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS FOR THE NEW COMMUNITY LIBRARY.”
  • Environmentally Sensitive Design
    One of the first steps would be for the team to develop a LEED checklist to determine the sustainable principles and methodologies that the project will follow. Utilizing a LEED checklist allows the team to prioritize and organize planning and design decisions.
  • Design for all aspects of climate at all levels.
    Climatic considerations are critical to designing a site or building to maximize energy efficiency.
  • Evaluate True Costs.
    True costs reflect the long-term economic, social, and environmental impact of a product or service.
  • Design to use only local and regional resources.
    Support the regional economy and reduce adverse effects of excess transport by increasing the demand for building materials that are extracted within the region.
  • Strengthening Beneficial Connections.
    A community’s identity includes its connections to its cultural heritage, local economy, and natural systems and resources.
  • Design Flexibility.
    As the library grows and technologies change, the building must be able to adapt in a sensitive yet economical manner.
  • Use products with recyclable materials & recycled content.
    Reduce the impact of processing of virgin materials, and increase the demand for building products that contain recycled materials.
  • Look for least toxic materials and manufacturing processes.
    Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are irritating and toxic to installers and building occupants.
  • Minimize or design away the extraneous, and reveal multiple functions.
    Reduction of extraneous space and inefficient floor plans can significantly reduce cost, construction time, and material.
  • Design for durability and longevity.
    Some materials that contain a higher amount of embodied energy may be more durable and last much longer.
  • PRINCIPLES OF LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

  • Design on a Human Scale
    Compact, pedestrian-friendly communities allow residents to walk to shops, services, cultural resources.
  • Provide Choice
    Variety of housing, shopping, recreation, transportation, and employment creates lively neighborhoods and accommodates residents in different stages of their lives.
  • Encourage Mixed-Use Development
    Integrating different land uses and varied building types creates vibrant, pedestrian friendly, and diverse communities.
  • Preserve Urban Centers
    Restoring, revitalizing, and infilling urban centers takes advantage of existing streets, services, and buildings and avoid the need for new infrastructure
  • Vary Transportation Options
    The option of walking, biking, and using public transit reduces traffic congestion, and protects the environment
  • Build Vibrant Public Spaces
    Citzens need welcoming, well-defined public places stimulate face-to-face interaction to encourage civic participation, and gather for public events
  • Create a Neighborhood Identity
    A “sense of place” gives neighborhoods a unique character.
  • Protect Environmental Resources
    Well-designed balance of nature and development preserves natural systems and reduces air pollution.
  • Conserve Landscapes
    Open space, farms and wildlife habitat are essential.
  • Design Matters
    Design excellence is the foundation of successful and healthy communities.

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