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LEED Certified Libraries of the County of Los Angeles Public Library

Sustainability and the Library

The County of Los Angeles is committed to greener spaces and environment. Explore each section to learn about the sustainable practices incorporated in our library buildings. In January 2007, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted rules to require that all new County buildings greater than 10,000 square feet and funded on or after February 15, 2007 be certified LEED Silver, Gold or Platinum.

What is LEED Certification?

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LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification demonstrates the building project as truly “green.” The LEED rating system, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is designed to promote design and construction practices that reduce the building’s negative environmental impacts. LEED certification, which includes a rigorous third-party commissioning process, offers four certification levels for new construction and major renovation projects – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Learn more about the LEED rating system on the U.S. Green Building Council website.

Malibu Library LEED Gold

LEED Gold Badge Malibu Library

Sustainable Sites

The reflective roof and light color walkway concrete with a high Solar Reflex Index reduce heat absorption. The library has water efficient landscaping, helping to reduce water consumption in landscape areas by more than 95%. The library is located near community services and in a high density residential area, allow people to visit it without the use of vehicles causing less pollution. No additional parking was added, and an existing parking space is dedicated to carpool/vanpool parking.

Water Efficiency

The renovated library has water-saving faucets, urinals, and toilets installed in the restrooms.

Energy & Atmosphere

Lighting, heating, and cooling systems optimized that utilities are spent at 80 cents to the dollar. Green power was also purchased promoting the use of renewable energy.

Materials & Resources

Over 75% of construction-related debris was diverted from landfills and to recycling centers. The project also used many products that came from within a 500 mile radius, and had high recycled content.

Indoor Environmental Quality

The renovated library allows natural sunlight via sunroofs, and illumination from low-wattage compact fluorescents and LED using light fixtures, which draw little power and reduce heat load inside the building. Low VOCs for all of the interior finishes. No smoking is allowed within 25 feet of be building, so occupants are not exposed to second-hand smoke through entrances or air intakes. There are high levels of controllability for the thermostats and lighting controls that help promote staff and patron comfort.

LEED Libraries

Read more about the library's other LEED Buildings.