Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours: Arlington Central Library

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 02, 2017

Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours.

Better Buildings Local Government partner Arlington County hosted 15 Summit attendees at the Central Library, the county public library system’s headquarters, to showcase the innovative work being done to save energy and money. The Central Library receives 1 million visitors a year and is staffed 80 hours a week. The improvements the county has made to the library (outlined here) have resulted in 28% savings in energy use, or $56,000 a year. According to the county’s Energy Manager, John Morrill, it all began with scheduling and tuning the building systems better back in 2000. A round of lighting retrofits followed in 2008; solar panels were installed on the roof, and this summer they will be installing new boilers to match their upgraded chillers. The Central Library is also home to Arlington’s first-in-the-nation Energy Lending Library – a new way for county residents to get hands-on experience with energy-saving equipment. The waiting list is six months long!

Check out these photos from the Arlington Central Library building tour; thank you to John Morrill and Adam Siegelmoss with Arlington County!















Arlington County Energy Manager John Morrill talks to Summit Tour attendees















This kiosk lets visitors get more information about the solar panels and other energy efficiency measures at the Library.















Adam Siegelmoss answers questions about the Energy Lending Library and the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy