Cleveland Park Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

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Cleveland Park Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

The Cleveland Park Library has received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for its design, construction and operation.

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The Cleveland Park Library earned 61 credits in nine categories, including the use of materials and resources, water and energy conservation and indoor environmental quality.  

“We are thrilled that the Cleveland Park Library is the latest DC Public Library building to receive LEED Gold certification,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “The bustling new library contributes to Washington D.C.’s ambitious green building goals while providing residents services in an iconic, historically sensitive, setting."

Opened in June 2018, the design/build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman DC completed the $19.7 million building as the first new library structure built in a historic district in Washington, DC. Environmentally-friendly features were incorporated into the design to meet the Library's desire to accommodate heavy use and to offer more significant meeting spaces for the community. These features include:
  • Using large windows and indirect skylights to bring natural light into the building, minimizing the need to use the computer-controlled LED lights during the day;  
  • Installing sunshades on the windows that adjust automatically, ensuring that the building doesn't become too hot from natural light;
  • Using low-flow plumbing fixtures in restrooms that require significantly less water than conventional fixtures;
  • Designing bioretention ponds to capture and release rainwater runoff slowly. The ponds create indoor/outdoor connections by activating the public space on the south side of the building.  
The Cleveland Park Library also has features that contribute to the LEED certification that customers may not see. A reflective roof reduces the amount of sunlight and heat the building absorbs and holds from the sun. Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems ensure the building is comfortable. Bike racks and the proximity of the building to public transportation also earned the project LEED points.

The Cleveland Park Library is the ninth DC Public Library location to earn a LEED Gold certification. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Other LEED Gold libraries include the Francis Gregory, Anacostia and Palisades libraries.