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Gold Certified; Year Achieved: 2011

Central Library was awarded gold certification for its environmentally friendly 2010 renovation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The recognition makes the Central Library the first Vanderbilt campus renovation to achieve this high honor. “One of the most sustainable aspects of the renovation was the restoration of the building to its original grandeur while meeting the needs of today’s students,” said Keith Loiseau, university architect.

As part of its LEED-Gold certification, the renovation achieved credits for:

  • Installation of 30 percent more efficient lights
  • Installation of an Encelium lighting control system
  • Enhanced use of natural lighting and daylight harvesting
  • Recycling of 75 to 80 percent of demolition waste
  • Placement of recycling containers in 25 locations throughout the building
  • Installation of dual flush/low flow toilets and low flow faucet fixtures
  • Installation of high efficiency variable flow refrigerant HVAC mechanical system
  • Recycled content in 10 percent of the new furniture and furnishings

Credits were also given for the Central Library’s “community connectivity” as the building is located within one-half mile of a residential area and 10 basic services. In addition, there are two bus routes within one-quarter mile of the building.

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