"Green" Building Grows in Michigan
"Green" building and sustainable design practices are nothing new for the Ann Arbor area and its Library. The Malletts Creek Branch incorporated a sustainable design that won the American Institute of Architects (Michigan) Award for 2005, and the more recent Pittsfield and Traverwood Branches also demonstrate similar sustainable design concepts.
A project in Lansing recently topped the news within this "greening" trend, achieving national recognition for its efforts in the field of sustainable design. The Christman Company of Lansing was the first in the nation to win a Double Platinum LEED Certification, the highest award possible for energy efficient design.
LEED refers to "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and is the rating system sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Why would this be interesting? We are all beginning to realize our impact on our planet, and the USGBC makes the effort "to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life" (USGBC.org). Many of the measures taken in AADL's recent Branch designs follow these LEED recommendations. For both new construction and existing buildings, learn more about "green" building at USGBC.com!