Constructed in 2016, the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library was the first of Framingham’s municipal facilities to earn the LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Commission.
Fulfilling an array of sustainable site objectives in addition to integrating innovative energy and water efficiency measures, the McAuliffe Library earned a total of 54 points on its LEED scorecard. Some of the sustainability elements of the project include a 21% reduction in overall energy use, 26% reduction in potable water that is utilized for landscaping, as well as the capture and treatment of over 90% of storm water runoff. In addition to its sustainability features, the library provides an array of expanded services to residents and visitors, including additional meeting spaces, study rooms, computers, and new section areas. With its new expanded capabilities, the library serves as one of the busiest branch libraries in the Commonwealth.
In addition to providing energy, water, and cost savings for the City, the innovative design of the library serves as an example to residents and local businesses about sustainable design and encourage sustainable development in the community.
More information about the McAuliffe Library Branch is available from the Framingham Public Library landing page.