May 22, 2022

Kentucky: Fairdale Branch of the Louisville Free Library Awarded LEED Silver-Certification


The Fairdale Library is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified and is an internationally recognized green building program.


Large windows that let light flow into the library are one piece of the puzzle that earned it LEED status.

“By capturing all of this daylight, we are able to use less electrical lighting every minute we are open. Little sensors from the light fixtures measure how much light is coming from outside and adjust the lighting level,” [Craig] Buthod [director of libraries] said.

The Fairdale branch opened in March 2012.

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The Newburg Library in Louisville became a LEED-certified building in 2009.

See Also: Slide Presentation About LEED Certification (via Louisville Free Library)
11 pages; PDF.

See Also: Fairdale Library LEEDS By Example (via City of Louisville)

See Also: LEED Certification Info (via U.S. Green Building Council)

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