When we opened our doors at the official ribbon cutting ceremony on April 2, 2010, the Mashpee Library earned the distinction of being the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified library on Cape Cod, and one of only a few public libraries in the state to achieve the status at that time.
Opting for a sustainable design allowed the library to honor the town’s committment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practicies. On May 25, 2010, the Town of Mashpee was one of thirty-five towns named in the inaugural class of “Green Communities,” by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.
“Green” building design focuses on site location, water consumption, energy use, environmental impact, construction waste, choice of building materials, and indoor air quality. Efficient heating and cooling systems as well as alternative energy sources such as solar or wind power may also be design elements. Overall, these features create a safer, more comfortable environment for the patrons and the energy efficiencies save utilities and ultimately money for Mashpee’s residents.
The library achieved Silver LEED status by earning credits in six categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation. View the full ratings report here. (Link to report at: https://www.usgbc.org/projects/mashpee-public-library?view=overview)
The library employs a solar energy system to help fuel the building’s lighting, electrical components and air conditioning. Heat is generated by a high-efficiency, gas-fired boiler, and an energy recovery system is used to reclaim heat and cooling. Low emitting materials used in carpets, paints, and sealants were selected to reduce indoor air contaminants. Lighting systems include features which dim or switch off lighting when sufficient ambient light is present or when a space is unoccupied.
Other green features include low-water-consumption plantings, and an on-site stormwater management system, including a bioswale garden to filter storm-water runoff, and no outdoor irrigation system.
Preferred parking spaces are marked to encourage carpooling and use of low emission vehicles, and bicycle racks are incorporated into the entryway design. Learn more about low emission vehicles and see if your car is approved for LEED parking visit the Greencars.org website and check out the list of LEED Qualified Cars.