Library takes a page from LEED’s book

Natural light permeates the interiors of the Dallas Public Library’s Highland Hills branch and is supplemented by energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on cloudy days and evenings. Photos courtesy KAI Texas

Design features incorporated in the Highland Hills library in Dallas, Texas, are allowing it to enjoy lower energy and water costs. The 1812-m2 (19,500-sf) building is one of seven Dallas libraries certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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Students at UW perform in broad daylight

A pressure-plate curtain wall allows students to enjoy daylight in Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts’ dance studio at the University of Wyoming. Photo © University of Wyoming. Photo courtesy Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Students and staff at the University of Wyoming’s (UW’s) Laramie campus can now develop their music, theater, or dance skills in a newly renovated and expanded facility. The $35-million Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts includes both new construction and partial renovation of the existing fine arts center.

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A lesson in creating the right ambience for a Utah school

Proprietary coatings on the exterior metal panels of this school provide a colorful aesthetic conducive to a positive learning environment. Photo courtesy VCBO Architecture

Natural lighting, 1200 solar panels, and the use of sustainable materials are some of the design features of a new school in Farmington, Utah. Located in Davis School District, Odyssey Elementary School was also designed to obtain Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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Hiding HVAC in plain sight

The three large beige boxes in the middle of the ‘K’-shape building’s roof are plenums that also aesthetically cover the newly installed energy-recovery ventilation (ERV) units from street view. Photos courtesy SEMCO

What do you do when there’s no room to retrofit an HVAC exhaust air system inside a building? Take it outside and hide it behind architectural accoutrement. That’s the solution implemented at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.

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Center achieves net-zero energy use

Design features of Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF’s) Brock Environmental allow it to generate more energy than it uses. Photos © Prakash Patel. Photos courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF’s) Brock Environmental Center has earned Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). It produces 1.83 times more energy than it used over the past year. The certification means the building has also met strict criteria for water use, location, health, materials, equity, and beauty.

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