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Texas’ First LEED Certified, Net Zero Energy Library: When applied to a home or commercial building, net zero energy means that the building generates as much electricity as it consumes on an annual basis.

What You Need to Know

Other Benefits:

Not only is the West Irving Library equipped with the latest in technology, its construction and design incorporate the latest in green building techniques such as drought tolerant landscaping and electric car charging stations.

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

The library’s renewable energy systems include 144 geothermal wells for heating and cooling; 1,444 solar power panels mounted as part of covered parking will generate electricity to run the building. The geothermal system will provide an estimated $60,000 savings in annual energy costs, compared to a traditional heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. Green Building: Not only is the West Irving Library equipped with the latest in technology, its construction and design incorporate the latest in green building techniques such as drought tolerant landscaping and electric car charging stations. The library has many components that contain recycled materials such as its roof decking and structural steel. The ceiling tiles and carpet also contain recycled materials. In addition, more than 75 percent of the construction waste was recycled and very little waste was sent to the landfill. This net zero energy library has many environmentally friendly stories to tell that distinguish it from every other facility in Texas. Daylight Harvesting: The north facing walls have large windows to allow maximum daylight to penetrate the building. The use of natural daylight will reduce energy costs.

Open House Info:

Tour Hours: 10am - 4pm Saturday, October 03, 2015

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