Tour Rockland library to see energy upgrades
Rockland — Historic buildings define the character of New England’s towns and villages. Unfortunately, these buildings too often have high heating and cooling bills. Rockland’s Public Library is a good example of this conundrum. Built in 1904 as one of the Carnegie Libraries, this 22,000-square-foot building on Rockland’s Union Street is the sixth busiest public library in Maine. With a combined heating oil and electrical bill of $51,000 per year, the library is also the most expensive building the city of Rockland operates.
In late winter if 2011, the city began an ambitious multi-year project to cut energy use at the library by at least 50 percent. To date the city has carried out a comprehensive project to reduce air leaks and improve insulation in the building. This was followed by a variety of control and performance upgrades to the library’s heating, cooling and ventilation system. Lighting upgrades are being discussed.
The lessons the city has learned working on the library could benefit anyone who owns a historic home or an historic commercial (or municipal) building. The challenges the city faced with the heating and cooling system are common to any larger building with heating, cooling and ventilation that is controlled by a central building automation system.
On Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., staff from Evergreen Home Performance, who carried out the first phase of work on the building, along with members of Rockland’s Energy Committee will be leading tours of the library as a part of the annual Northeast Green Building Tour.
For more information contact Energy Committee Chair, Larry Pritchett at 594-8806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.