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Los Angeles County Opens Its First Green Library!

Posted By Jessica Dailey On November 11, 2010 @ 4:30 pm In Architecture | No Comments

L.A. County, Sorensen Library, green building, eco-friendly, sustainable design, carde ten architects [1]Image © Keith Birmingham/SWCITY

Absorbent parking lot pavement, low-water [2] plumbing fixtures, and heat-reducing roofing are just a few of the sustainable features in the first ever eco-friendly building [3] in the Los Angeles Public Library system. Designed by Carde Ten Architects, the LEED silver Sorensen Library [4] is expected to use 25 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than a conventionally-designed library.

L.A. County, Sorensen Library, green building, eco-friendly, sustainable design, carde ten architects [5]

The 10,655 square-foot building opened on October 1st and was officially dedicated yesterday. The building is part of the county’s Sustainable Design Program [6], which seeks to use green building principles in all of its new construction projects.

During construction, wood, asphalt, concrete, and drywall were carefully sorted for recycling and the building itself is constructed entirely of steel, 40 percent of which is recycled. The roofing material reduces heat gain, and the interior [7]lights only turn on when natural light is insufficient. The parking lot pavement absorbs rainwater to help reduce the amount of toxins that flow into the Santa Monica Bay, and the drought-tolerant landscaping has a reclaimed-water irrigation system.

Via LAist [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/11/los-angeles-county-opens-its-first-green-library/library01/

[2] low-water: http://www.inhabitat.com/water

[3] eco-friendly building: http://www.inhabitat.com/architecture

[4] Sorensen Library: http://www.colapublib.org/libs/sorensen/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/11/los-angeles-county-opens-its-first-green-library/new-building/

[6] Sustainable Design Program: http://green.lacounty.gov/green_buildings.asp

[7] interior : http://www.inhabitat.com/interiors

[8] LAist: http://laist.com/2010/11/10/la_county_opens_their_first_green_l.php

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