Brick Awards 2008
The Durham County Regional Public Library in Durham, North Carolina, takes advantage of brick for environmental benefit.
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Brick's thermal mass improves the energy efficiency of the LEED Silver-certified facility, helping to keep energy use 35 percent lower than that of comparable conventionally designed buildings. The brick was procured locally, and made from raw materials extracted regionally.
Designed by The Freelon Group, the library received one of the Brick in Architecture Awards for 2008.
The Brick Industry Association's annual program recognizes outstanding creative and technical uses of clay brick. "Best-in-class" honors went to six projects, including the library, which was recognized in the governmental category. Other recipients included religious, educational, commercial, landscape, and healthcare projects.
The Durham County Library combines brick and glass to create an energy-efficient structure with extensive daylighting. Heavy masonry walls define a series of layers that organize the one-story, 25,000-square-foot (2,300-square-meter) building and extend it into the landscape. Glazed walls at either end of the open reading room transmit light and connect patrons with the outdoors. A taller glass volume marks the main entrance. Over 75 percent of occupied areas receive daylight, and 90 percent have views to perimeter windows.
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