The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Newburg branch of the city’s library system a Silver LEED Certification for its green construction and operation, making it the first Metro government building to earn that heralded distinction.
“From the beginning, the people at the library and at public works were determined to develop an environmentally sound building that works well and saves the taxpayers money,” says Craig Buthod, Director of the Louisville Free Public Library. “At the same time, the library can help educate the public about conservation and green building methods.”
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), recognizes environmentally-friendly projects nationwide and has become an internationally recognized system to measure energy savings, water efficiency and carbon emissions. In order to be certified, projects must undergo a rigorous application process to earn points in various categories. The total number of points determines what level of certification a building achieves.
The Newburg branch earned points for its green features such as its site selection, access to public transportation, rain garden, water efficient landscaping, solar roof panels and overall energy performance.
“This is a huge honor for the Newburg Library and the city of Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release. “The library is a shining example of an eco-friendly, green building. I hope to see future projects follow in its footsteps.”
The third-party verification system has different levels ranging from certified to platinum, and has been an important step for city officials who want all Metro government buildings to have green status.
Last year, LEO Weekly reported that the Green Building, a 19th Century structure renovated by local filmmaker and businessman Gill Holland, received LEED Platinum Certification in November. It is the first commercial building in Kentucky to achieve that goal.