When you walk up to Evelyn Meador Branch Library you will notice its sleek, modern look with its attractive mix of glass, metal and natural stone. You probably won’t notice all of the features, inside and out, that have earned it recognition for its energy-saving, environmentally friendly design The building was recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification  by the U.S. Green Building Council .
The library which opened in June 2011 replaced the previous one that was heavily damaged in Hurricane Ike, and it was designed, top to bottom, with energy and water conservation in mind.
To steal a line from that wisest of amphibians, Kermit the Frog, it’s not easy being green. Here are a few of the features that make the library so special.
• All of the building’s electricity is provided by renewable Texas wind power
• The large green space surrounding building reduces the build-up of heat around the building during the summer months.
• It is fitted with energy efficient and long-lasting LED lighting fixtures.
• Its high-tech glazing maximizes natural light and reduces energy loss
• Highly reflective roofing and paving keeps it cool in the summer.
• Plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by over 50%
• The hearty but attractive landscape plantings reduce the need for irrigation by 50% and the 102,000 gallon rain tank can provide all necessary irrigation.
• “Bio-swales” remove harmful metals and other contaminants for the parking lot’s storm water run-off
Not only is the library as healthy for the environment as we could make it, it is a healthier building for our customers as well. All of the paints, adhesives, coatings and sealants, as well as the carpeting were chosen for their low levels of volatile organic compounds. The copy machines are located in their own room with its own exhaust system. All of which ensures superior air quality throughout the building.
No, it’s not easy being green, but at HCPL, we think it’s worth the effort.