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By Sam McBane Mulford

Whereas there's a wide spectrum of ecological sophistication inside of libraries national and a few areas are on the leading edge of sustainable of sustainable layout and operations, others are only starting or have not begun to combine fabrics recycling into their day-by-day perform. a couple of jurisdictions are mandating LEED qualified structures and carbon-neutral practices, whereas others don't but have those suggestions on their radars.

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Org). Rate It Green is a user-driven Web site for green building, products, companies, and services, including a green rating system. ” The site includes a forum where users can share their thoughts or ask questions to others about products and services and a section on Green Building Basics. com). 22 How Green is My Library? Scientific Certification Systems, Inc. (SCS), offers evaluation and certification services to a broad range of manufacturing sectors. Currently certified products include office furniture systems, components, and seating materials, building materials, carpets and rugs, hard surface flooring, paints, finishes, wood products, and cleaning products, among others.

Energy-management systems are programmable and will measure, monitor, and control consumption. Beyond the building envelope, the interior layout of a building is vital to optimizing passive solar heating and cooling and the strategic use of natural ventilation and daylighting. Space layouts should allow for the penetration of sunlight throughout, and where interior partitions are required, integrating glazing into the walls will help enclosed interior spaces borrow light from adjacent spaces. This distributes the ability to use natural daylight rather than artificial lighting throughout the facility and creates equity in the interior environment.

The WaterSense label identifies quality, water-efficient products. Next Steps In this chapter, you built a green vocabulary and realized that terms are evolving and taking shape as the green movement progresses. With a few authoritative sources in hand, you can begin to explore how green your current practices and products might be, and some solutions for improving them. The next chapter will engage you in determining and being able to articulate your motivations for getting green, and even making the case to others.

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