Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Deltona library gets green-building certification


DELTONA --news-journalonline.com** The public is invited to Deltona Regional Library on Friday to celebrate the unveiling of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design plaque for green-building status.
LEED certification -- given by the U.S. Green Building Council -- means the library is "an environmentally responsible, healthy place to work," said Lucinda Colee, Library Services director.
The Deltona Regional Library closed in 2008 during a 14-month project that doubled its size and added the Lyonia Environmental Center and an amphitheater. It reopened a year ago. Part of the plan for the $11.4 million renovation was the addition of high-grade insulation, double-paned windows, an energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning system and lighting, low-volume water faucets and native landscape that requires minimal watering.
The silver LEED certification was awarded after evaluation by TLC Engineering for Architecture in Cocoa, Colee said.
Along with environmentally responsible materials used in the construction, the library now saves an estimated 22 percent of energy costs needed to run the building, Colee said.
During the unveiling, which starts at 10 a.m., Deltona Friends of the Library will serve refreshments. Afterward, tours of the Lyonia Environmental Center will be available. The event is free to the public at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.


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