King LEED 6 Innovation Credits

What does the building do particularly well?

88% Recycling Rate

Recyclable materials are sorted at the MRF.

San Jose State promotes recycling throughout the campus and sends the materials collected to the appropriate facilities.

In addition, all unsorted refuse goes to Green Waste, a local materials recovery facility (MRF) where recyclables, compostable materials and anything else salvageable is sorted out and sent for reuse.

SJSU became one of Green Waste's first customers in 2009.

Sending refuse to the MRF brings the overall recycling rate for King Library to over 88%.

Use of King Library as a Teaching Tool

Slide from a presentation on electricity consumption reduction due to lighting projects.

Volunteer docents are available to lead students and the general public on tours of the sustainable elements of King Library.

All tours of the building mention sustainability, including the tour of the public art.

Staff give customized tours to staff from other libraries and institutions upon request.

Presentations on King's sustainable features are given during sustainability events on campus each semester.

Instructors may request a specialized tour of the building for their class.

Engineering class projects have been used to assess the feasibility of installing alternative energy on King Library.

This website provides a resource that is available 24/7.

Innovative Lighting Retrofit

Stack lights were retrofitted with occupancy sensors.

A 2009 lighting retrofit project reduced the electricity consumption of King Library by over 25%.

The most innovative element of this retrofit was the installation of occupancy sensors to control approximately 4000 of the 5000 book stack lights. These sensors keep the lights off in less-used aisles up to 80% of the time.

While designing the project, precedents in other libraries were researched and no other occupancy sensor retrofits could be found.

The use of spectrally enhanced (5000K) lamps to replace the original (3000K) lamps allowed for reduction of the wattage of each lamp from 39 to 21.

Two other fixture types were retrofitted with spectrally enhanced lighting during the same project with fixture wattage reductions of 50% and 66%. The three fixture types retrofitted in this project represent the majority of the fixtures in the library

Compact Shelves

Compact shelving allows more books to be stored in less space.

When it was determined that Wahlquist Library would be demolished to make way for the new King Library, the books in Wahlquist needed to be stored off-site, yet also needed to be available upon request.

A warehouse two miles away was leased for the duration of the construction project and compact shelves were installed to minimize the space required to store the displaced books. When contemplating the purchase of the compact shelves, it was decided that the shelves that were to be purchased for the off-site warehouse could later be reused in the lower level of the new library.

Thus these shelves have saved space in two locations, not just in their current location.

Compact shelves save resources in several ways:

  • Less space needs to be built.
  • Less space needs to be heated and cooled.
  • Less space needs to be cleaned.

E-Resources Save Paper and Energy

The King Library web site is the portal to many electronic resources.

A library saves resources by allowing many people to share a book, a CD or a DVD.

Many of King Library's resources can be accessed without even visiting the library.

  • Digital collections
  • Electronic Journals
  • E-Books (can be checked out like a physical book and read on an electronic device)

Other resources save extra trips to the library.

  • Request a book from any branch on-line and pick it up at the branch closest to you.
  • The Bookmobile bring books to remote locations.

LEED Accredited Professional on the Team

The original project architect, Carrier Johnson, supports this certification project with their LEED accredited staff.

LEED gives one innovation credit for the participation of a LEED accredited professional on a certification team.

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