Learn how Santa Monica developed its energy- and water-efficient new construction LEED Platinum Pico Branch Library. Details on energy and water use at the site are below. For more information on the building see the City’s website.
- Smart landscaping reduces potable water use by 59% by using drought tolerant, native or adapted planning, water efficient drip irrigation, and weather-based irrigation controllers.
- Water use reduction through high efficiency plumbing fixtures reduce indoor potable water use by 69%.
- The Pico Branch Library is Santa Monica’s first municipal building to implement Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting for Indoor Use
- Like all newly constructed City buildings, the Pico Branch is powered by 100% renewable energy, purchased under contract.
- Trellises and awnings shade the building interior. Trellis-mounted photovoltaic panels generate on-site electric power.
- The light-colored and reflective roof keeps the building cool. Light-colored paving and concrete reduces “heat islands,” which contribute to higher summer temperatures and smog.
- Energy reduction achieved through use of high efficiency LED and fluorescent lighting fixtures.
- Six Electric Vehicle charging stations are available at Virginia Avenue Park. (Read more on the City of Santa Monica’s website)