Green-Built Library Saving Lots of Green

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New York State’s first green library, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, opened its doors a year ago and has been benefiting from significant savings in energy bills ever since. The 55,000 square-foot building exceeds the state code by 30% for energy efficiency, allowing for $66,000 in annual savings.

Being built sustainably, it was constructed of 90 percent recycled steel and 20 percent local masonry to cut down pollution during transportation. Amongst the library’s 100 green features are: carpeting made from recycled and natural materials, as well as countertops made from recycled metal and resins.

The library has already won the New York Library Association’s 2007 Outstanding Building Award and is expected to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

Source:  Times Union

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