BOISE, ID — Though it is still under construction, the green elements in the new Boise West Library are noticeable, according to KIVI-TV.
The City of Boise mandated the new library meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the story stated.
The project, slated to be completed this summer by contractor PETRA Inc., hopes to pave the way for more green building projects in and around the Boise area, the story noted.
PETRA Marketing Director Mark VanGulik said: "Implementing it, has been a little difficult. They''re not used to it. It''s something new."
Sustainable elements in the new library include a rainwater collection system, polished concrete, temperature-regulating glass, recycled materials and aspects to accommodate a green lifestyle for workers, such as showers for those who bike to work, the story added.
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