Dolley Madison Library Receives Green Building Certification


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April 12, 2012

Contact: Ben Boxer, DPWES-Capital Facilities, 703-324-5253, TTY 711

Dolley Madison Library Receives Green Building Certification

News Highlights:

  • Fairfax County’s Dolley Madison Library has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • The building’s green design features will strive to reduce the building’s energy usage by about 20 percent and water usage by about 30 percent when compared to conventionally-designed facilities of its size.
  • Fairfax County has a total of 11 LEED® certified buildings – six of which have received LEED® Gold certifications


Fairfax County’s Dolley Madison Library has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

 The county worked collaboratively with the local community to maintain a compact environmental footprint that would allow the facility to blend into the parkland that surrounds it. The 19,000-square-foot facility also incorporates a number of “green” features that will strive to reduce energy usage by about 20 percent and water usage by about 30 percent per year when compared to conventionally-designed buildings of its size.

Key green design features include low-flow and sensor-operated toilets and faucets, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, large windows to maximize natural lighting and the installation of a “green” roof.

The library, located next to a Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area, is the first in Fairfax County to utilize a “green” roof. Vegetation covers approximately one-third of the building and provides a number of environmental benefits, including:

  • Reducing the amount of stormwater that runs into streams, rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Absorbing air pollution and carbon dioxide.
  • Reducing the energy needed to cool the building in the summer.

The Dolley Madison Library is the eleventh county building to receive certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the sixth gold-rated county building, and is the third library to achieve this status.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted a green building policy for county facilities in 2008. The policy requires that buildings with more than 10,000 square feet be constructed to meet minimum green building standards, if not exceed them. The policy applies to the design and construction of new county buildings and renovations or additions to existing county buildings.

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