Opening today is the all-new Battery Park Library in New York City, which is certified LEED Gold and features a staggering range of innovative technology and recycled materials. Designed by 1100 Architects, unique additions to the library include a computer for patrons that displays how much energy and water is being consumed within the library. The library will be home to 24,000 items, 36 public access computers, and separate reading areas for children, young adults, and adults.
“The striking new environmentally friendly library in Battery Park City is sure to quickly become a beacon for the community,” said Paul LeClerc, President of the New York Public Library.
Some the features that contribute to the library’s environmental efficiency include:
- an efficient technologically advanced low-energy heating/cooling system
- low-flow sanitary fixtures which reduce water consumption
- low-energy lighting system
- use of recycled and renewable building materials including a wood floor constructed with off-cuts from window frame manufacture, carpets constructed from old truck tires, millwork made from recycled cardboard composite, and terrazzo with recycled glass and mirror aggregate
- the inclusion of a dedicated area for the collection and storage of all recyclable materials accumulated during the day to day operations of the branch
- use of a large number of the products that are low emitting in order to help the overall indoor air quality.
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