We are happy to announce that the Varina Library has earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification!
The LEED rating system promotes buildings that reduce impact to the environment and improve the indoor environment for building occupants. The project achieved LEED Silver certification in April 2017, becoming Henrico County’s 14th LEED-certified project. To earn LEED certification, a project must meet specific design and construction requirements in the categories of: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation.
Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use by nearly 40%, anticipated to save 200,000 gallons of water per year. Energy-efficient building systems such as the building envelope, HVAC, and lights were designed to reduce energy use by 35% compared to a building that just meets the building energy code. A variety of building materials include structural steel and metal panels with high recycled content, regionally quarried sandstone on the building exterior, and bio-based wood paneling and linoleum flooring. The library interior provides abundant daylight and views to the outside, and low-chemical emitting building material selections to improve indoor air quality.
This is Henrico County’s 14th LEED-Certified building! The others are:
- Holman Middle School, LEED Silver (2011)
- Glen Allen High School, LEED Gold (2011)
- Glen Allen Branch Library, LEED Silver (2012)
- Firehouse 12, LEED Gold (2012)
- Firehouse 13, LEED Gold (2013)
- Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, LEED Silver (2014)
- Gayton Branch Library, LEED Silver (2014)
- Kaechele Elementary School, LEED Silver (2014)
- Firehouse 7, LEED Silver (2014)
- Henrico Health Department East Clinic, LEED Gold (2015)
- Firehouse 3, LEED Silver (2016)
- Crestview Firehouse 10, LEED Gold (2016)
- Libbie Mill Library, LEED Silver (2017)