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The sustainable library
A new award-winning public library building in Melbourne's Docklands sets a new standard for sustainable building with a wealth of 'green' features.
5 June 2014
Located on the waterfront of the Victoria Harbour, ‘Library at The Dock’, a new library and community centre by Clare Design and Hayball, is Australia's first public building to be made from cross laminated timber (CLT).
The report in the online journal Architecture & Design says: "CLT is manufactured using layers of timber to create solid panels, and is 30 per cent lighter than traditional structures. This has significantly reduced the requirement for new foundations, and allowed for construction of the library right on the waterfront.
"Apart from benefitting site and construction conditions and reducing the building’s overall carbon footprint, CLT offers better thermal performance and requires less energy to heat and cool than other materials."
The library has many other sustainability features: water recycling, solar panels, an artificial turf winter garden, operable roof and facade. The promenade decking is made from reclaimed timber from the Victoria Harbour south wharf.
"As well as digital and traditional library collections, the three storey library and community centre offers a recording studio, editing suites, and a gallery and exhibition space that recognises Docklands’ heritage."
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