Battery Park City’s branch of the New York Public Library has just set a neighborhood precedent in the area by becoming the first public institution to receive LEED Gold certification. The library, which opened in 2010, was designed by 1100 Architect with the goal of sustainability in mind. The Battery Park City Branch is New York’s greenest library, and will use its status as a center for knowledge to promote the importance of energy efficiency and green design.
1100 Architect worked with Atelier Ten to design the library’s energy-efficient lighting system. The first two stories of the library, which sits at the base of a residential building, are enclosed in glass, ensuring ample natural light year-round. The communal spaces receive natural light through a glazed glass wall, while interior spaces use low-energy LED lights. The glazing system also blocks solar gain and air leakage and helps with climate control. Areas with less foot traffic have occupancy sensors, which illuminate only when needed.
The library has also purchased Green e-Certified Clean Source Power to ensure clean energy for two years. Grey water is treated on site, while the faucets and toilets feature low-flow fixtures.
The interior is also furnished with recycled materials, such as carpet made from repurposed truck tires, and floors made from reclaimed window frame wood. Even during construction, waste was managed, with 83% recycled after completion.
Natural cleaning products, green paper products and on site recycling keep the library operating sustainably year round. Even a NYPL Green Education Screen welcomes visitors, so they may see the building’s energy consumption first hand.
Now that the library has been awarded LEED Gold Certification, they hope other institutions in the area will take their LEAD in the sustainable direction.