3690 Braselton Highway
Dacula, GA 30019
Though Gwinnett's first green library was designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council, upon final review it was awarded LEED Gold Certification. The following is a brief description of some of the library's unique features and sustainable attributes that are sure to enrich, amaze, and inspire Gwinnett residents for many years to come.
- The building is close to park and recreation centers.
- The building provides parking provisions for fuel efficient and hybrid vehicles, and bike racks for patron and employee use.
- EPA "Energy Star" roof with reflective color coating reduces heat island effect.
- Drought tolerant plants and water efficient drip irrigation system will help reduce water usage.
- Native or adapted plants have been restored to open areas.
- Low flow automatic faucets and toilets.
Energy & Atmosphere
- Extra foam insulation on the exterior wall enhances energy efficiency.
- Window glass features double glazing, low emission, and selective low emission coating to improve insulation and heat gain and loss through the building fenestration.
- Energy use is reduced up to 30% with energy efficient lighting, heating, and cooling equipment.
- Artificial lighting is automatically controlled based on the amount of daylight entering the space, improving energy efficiency and turning off luminaries when not needed.
- Air conditioning equipment does not use conventional CFC and HCFC refrigerants, which are not environmentally friendly.
Materials & Resources
- 89% of construction waste associated with this project was recycled and diverted from local area landfills.
- Building materials contain both pre- and post- consumer recycled content and are manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the project site.
- Carpet contains recycled material.
Indoor Environment Quality
- Sunshades and solar control devices on the south facade help control the amount of light and heat which enters the building throughout the year.
- Vertical fins on the east and west windows reduce direct afternoon sunlight.
- Paints and adhesives contain no or low volatile organic compounds (VOC), thereby reducing indoor pollutant sources.
- Carbon dioxide and humidity sensors monitor indoor air quality.
"Art in Architecture"
One of the more unique features of the project is the "Art in Architecture" component designed by local artist Maria Artemis, who as described by the architect, "collaborated with the team to create a provocative series of screened glass 'paintings' for windows throughout the library. The motif condenses themes of water, earth, sun, and the use of language in our culture."