Austin Central Library Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Building Certification

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Austin Central Library Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Building Certification

Contact: Rachel Nguyen, Austin Public Library, 512-974-9687 or
Austin Public Library's Central Library has been awarded LEED® Platinum status under the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The Platinum designation is the highest level of recognition awarded and indicates a score of 80 or better on the LEED 110 point rating system.
Sustainability has been one of the guiding design principles since the inception of Austin's Central Library, with the goal of achieving a LEED designation. The Central Library is the first City of Austin building to achieve the prestigious Platinum designation.
"During the preliminary design phase, all of the project participants - City of Austin staff, consultant architects and engineers and the construction contractors - committed to creating the greenest, most sustainable central library for our community that could be achieved," said John Gillum, Facilities Process Manager, Austin Public Library. "Austin's New Central Library being certified as a Platinum LEED building is a testimony to the tireless efforts of the entire project team to be environmentally responsible, use resources efficiently, and provide the citizens of Austin with the best building to house their central library that was within our capacity to design and construct."
The Central Library achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources use, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Top scores form the Library's scorecard include: 
  • Development Density and Community Connectivity
  • Access to Alternative Transportation
  • Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Wastewater Technologies
  • Water Use Reduction
  • Green Power
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Regional Materials
  • Recycled Content
  • Daylight and Views
  • Bicycle Network Storage

Austin boasts 274 LEED-certified structures. Only six commercial buildings have received the highest level Platinum designation.


Austin Public Library is a part of the City of Austin and includes the Central Library, 20 library branches, Recycled Reads bookstore, and the Austin History Center. The Austin Public Library provides knowledge, technology, and inspiration to over 3.2 million visitors a year.


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