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Lois Hole Library was designed to reflect the extraordinary vision and philosophies of whom it was named after. As the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, she was also a well recognized gardener and an avid supporter of public libraries. The building incorporates many features that reduce environmental impact and create a warm and inviting place that integrates with its natural surroundings.

With 2 nearby bus routes, 22 bike stalls and fewer parking spots, visitors and staff can easily commute without their own automobiles. By being situated in a sediment basin and utilizing drought-resistant vegetation along with a system of recycled rainwater captured from the roof, the need for irrigation is non existent. This recycled water is also used for toilets, urinals and other non-potable high efficiency fixtures that reduce the potable water by 60%. Topsoil from the pre-construction site was preserved for landscaping in later stages of construction and adjacent areas are protected as open space to prevent further development of the land. Furthermore, construction was kept limited as possible and sediment controls were put in place to keep site disturbances minimal.

Natural day lighting has been introduced throughout the building to provide lighting and the lighting system is controlled by sensors that indicate when sufficient day light is available. Sensors open and shut windows to maintain a temperature depending on the time of year. Exterior lighting has also been considered with permanent sun shades on the east and south faces to limit solar gain in the summer months and thereby reducing the requirements of the cooling system. From an energy and atmosphere perspective the library achieves efficiencies of nearly 50% over that of the Model National Energy Code for Building (MNECB) earning a generous credit optimizing energy performance.

The City of Edmonton brought into the equation a third party consultant to provide extensive review and inspection services that went above and beyond those provided by consultants during construction. With the future of the building in mind, monitoring systems were installed to ensure the ongoing optimization of the building energy and water performance.

Carbon Dioxide is continuously monitored and smoking in the building has been prohibited since the beginning of construction. During construction, an indoor air quality program was initiated to help sustain the well being of workers and building occupants. When construction came to a close, only environmentally friendly cleaning products were used for daily cleaning and maintenance operations to appease the Green Housekeeping Policy, which earned the Library credit for Innovation in Design.

Finally, waste management practices employed during construction ensured that nearly 100% if the waste was diverted from the landfill by redirecting recyclable resources back to the manufacturing process and by redirecting reusable materials to appropriate sites, which also achieved credit in Innovation and Design.


Sustainable Sites

Site Selection

Development Density 

Redevelopment of Containment Sites

Alternative Transport – Public Transportation Access 

Alternative Transport – Bicycle Storage & Changing Rooms

Alternative Transport – Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Alternative Transport – Parking Capacity

Reduced Site Disturbance – Protect or Restore Open Space

Reduced Site Disturbance – Development Footprint

Stormwater Management – Rate and Quantity

Stormwater Management – Treatment

Heat Island Effect – Non-Roof

Heat Island Effect – Roof

Light Pollution Reduction

 9 / 14 Possible Points

Water Efficiency

Water Efficiency Landscaping – Reduce by 50% 

Water Efficiency Landscaping – No Potable Use or No Irrigation

Innovation Wastewater Technologies – cistern

Water Use Reduction – 20% Reduction

Water Use Reduction  – 30% Reduction

5 /5 Possible Points

Energy and Atmosphere

Optimize  Energy Performance – 24% to 29% Energy Cost Saving

Optimize  Energy Performance – 33% to 38% Energy Cost Saving

Optimize  Energy Performance – 42% to 47% Energy Cost Saving

Optimize  Energy Performance – 51% to 55% Energy Cost Saving

Optimize  Energy Performance – 60% to 64% Energy Cost Saving

Renewable Energy – 5%

Renewable Energy – 10%

Renewable Energy – 20%

Best Practice Commissioning

Ozone Protection

Measurement & Verification

Green Power

7 /17 Possible Points

Materials & Resources

Building Reuse – Maintain 75% of Existing Shell

Building Reuse – Maintain 95% of Existing Shell

Building Reuse – Maintain 50% of Interior Non-Structural Elements

Construction Waste Management – Divert 50%

Construction Waste Management – Divert 75%

Resource Reuse – Specify 5%

Resource Reuse – Specify 10%

Recycled Content – Specify 7.5%

Recycled Content – Specify 15%

Regional Materials – 20% Manufactured Locally

Regional Materials – of 20% or Above, 50% Harvested Locally

Rapidly Renewable Materials

Certified Wood

Durable Building

4 / 14 Possible Points

Indoor Environmental Quality

Carbon Dioxide Monitoring

Increase Ventilation Effectiveness

Construction IAQ Manageable Plan – During Construction

Construction IAQ Manageable Plan – Before Occupancy

Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives & Sealers

Low-Emitting Materials – Paints and Coating

Low-Emitting Materials – Carpet

Low-Emitting Materials – Composite Wood and Laminate Adhesives

Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control

Controllability of Systems – Perimeter

Controllability of Systems – Non-Perimeter

Thermal Comfort – Comply with ASHRAE 55-2004

Thermal Comfort – Permanent Monitoring System

Daylight & Views – Daylight 75% of Spaces

Daylight & Views – Views for 90% of Spaces

12 /15 Possible Points

Innovation & Design Process

Innovation in Design – Education

Innovation in Design – Green Housekeeping

Innovation in Design – Exemplary Performance: Water Reduction 63%

Innovation in Design – 98% Waste Diverted

LEED Accredited Professional

5 /5 Possible Points

Final Score: 42/70