Green Roof and PlantingsThe NIH Library Green Terrace showcases several garden areas which are rooted in engineered soil. Some of the garden areas are drought tolerant, while others are designed for more traditional perennial gardens including an annual zone that features several types of tropical plants currently being researched at NIH for their medicinal values. The walls surrounding the Green Terrace will be softened with several species of vines cascading from roof areas above or twined up on mounted trellises. The combination of garden surfaces and covered walls will help reduce the extreme temperatures in the summer. Green Terrace visitors may enjoy the eating nooks and bench seating under the shade canopies and along the garden walls. Solar EnergySeveral sustainable features beyond the vegetated roof surfaces are also incorporated into the Green Terrace design. Solar panels supplement the project's energy use powering the terrace lighting and irrigation pumps. The solar panels are mounted on the roof just south of the terrace.Storm Water ManagementRain will be stored on site in a 1200 gallon cistern and recycled to irrigate the gardens and reduce the flow to and from the municipal water supply and storm systems. This feature, in combination with the vegetated roof areas, offers important reductions in storm water runoff from the NIH campus, ultimately supporting water quality improvement and conservation goals for the broader Chesapeake Bay watershed.FurnitureThe new tables and chairs are made of wood from sustainable forests. The older benches were repaired and refurbished to match the new ones. Current Weather A weather station monitors the current weather on the terrace. It updates the data every 10 minutes.
Window ShadesThe shades have GreenGuard certification. They are made of a fabric with low emission material. The fabric allows natural light to come through but reduces the heat transfer from the sun.Training RoomA Training Room and Media Room were created in the space where the journal collection had resided. The company that constructed the walls received the Excellence in Partnership Award for Industry Green Contractor from the U.S. Coalition for Government Procurement and GSA Members. It is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and promotes LEED certification. Some examples of their green footprint are the way they ship products in large reusable “cookie” trays and the recycled content of their materials.The ceiling of the rooms is made of bamboo tiles from a different company.Study CarrelsInstead of buying some new carrels with electrical outlets for laptop computers and other devices, the library decided to update the old carrels by installing new outlets. LightingThe light bulbs in the Reading Room ceiling were replaced with high-efficiency fluorescent bulbs. The first two rows of lights next to the windows have sensors that dim the lights based on the amount of sunlight coming through the windows. For the spot lights above the columns and hanging sculpture, we found energy efficient CFL bulbs that produce great beams of light. They replaced the halogen light bulbs which were costly to operate and emitted a lot of heat. The staff offices and training areas have motion sensors that turn off the lights when no activity is detected. The entrance of the Library has display boxes with internal LED string lights that were purchased from a small, local company.CarpetThe recycled content of the carpet was certified by Scientific Certification Systems.Water UsageBathroom sinks and toilets have low-flow features to save water.Green Team at the NIHLThe team has been very active with recycling materials and saving energy.
Document DeliveryThe service is paperless. We scan articles into PDFs and email them to you.PaperWe use recycled paper. There are recycling bins throughout the library.Printing in Reading RoomDuring October and November of 2010, the NIHL created a pop-up message on the PCs that encouraged patrons to save paper by digitally storing their work instead of printing. As a result, the library saved 22,000 sheets of paper which equates to saving almost 3 trees! Journals99% of our journals are online which saves a lot of trees. There are over 10,000 journals in the collection.Copier / ScannerThe machine makes photocopies or scans information into PDFs that can be stored on a USB key or sent via email in color, saving paper and toner. The self-service photocopy service requires users to login.