Texas Gets A Net Zero LEED Library

Irving, Texas, has been making headlines on net zero buildings–first, for the Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, and now for its new LEED certified West Irving Library.

Designed to produce as much energy as it consumes, Texas’ first LEED certified net zero energy library sits on a 6.5-acre site at the corner of Rochelle and Esters Roads in Irving, part of the city’s master plan for four stand-alone libraries. Geothermal technology provides for the building’s heating and cooling needs, while solar power handles the building’s energy needs.

West Irving Library

image via City of Irving, Texas

The library offers patrons an outdoor sitting area; new resources and technology, including a Microsoft Surface Table and SMART Boards; dedicated spaces for children, teens and computer users; and quiet spaces for studying or reading. As an artistic touch, detailed glass etchings throughout the library explicate the building’s theme of “Our World.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.