New Half Moon Bay Library Achieves LEED Platinum Certification!

Half Moon Bay, CA - The City of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County Libraries are proud to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified the new Half Moon Bay Library as LEED Platinum! That means this building meets the very highest international standards for energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources with sensitivity to their impacts.
 
The City and the library will host a community ceremony to celebrate this green achievement, and dedicate a special plaque on the building designating the library's LEED Platinum status: 
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 2:30 P.M.
Half Moon Bay Library - Outside Front Entrance
620 Correas Street 
 
The ceremony will include comments from Half Moon Bay Mayor Harvey Rarback, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, whose district includes the library, and Chris Noll, of Noll & Tam Architects, the designer of the new library. The community is invited to join in the celebration to officially commemorate the library's many low energy, water saving, and sustainable elements. Light refreshments will be provided. 
 
"Our goal from the beginning was to reach LEED Platinum status for the new Half Moon Bay Library," said Mayor Rarback. "Throughout the design phase - which included a remarkable amount of community input and ideas - we were determined to make this building as energy efficient and environmentally-friendly as possible. Now, with the official Platinum certification, we can look back with great pride, and know that our hard work and diligence really paid off for our coastside community members of today, and tomorrow."  
 
"This new library will raise the quality of life for all residents by providing a welcoming, sustainable space that will be a source of enjoyment for the entire coastside community," said Supervisor Horsley. "Across the county, we strive to implement green practices in our buildings, policies, and activities. This exciting distinction rewards our efforts in developing this environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art library. It will serve as a model of inspiration for other communities to emulate."
 
Among the features that have helped give the Half Moon Bay Library its LEED Platinum rating are:
 
  • Solar power cells
  • Natural ventilation
  • In-floor hydronic heating
  • Drought-tolerant native landscaping
  • Reduced-flow plumbing
  • Other low-energy features, making it a net zero-energy building
  • Prioritizing use of regional materials, recycled materials, and rapidly renewable materials

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that quantifies how efficiently a building is designed and operated. To be ranked, a building is given a certain number of points based on various criteria of its environmental impact. In each measured category, a building is credited with points and compared to other buildings that act as reference points. Points are given on a 110 point scale in the areas of water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and sustainability. To achieve basic LEED Certified status requires 40 points; 50 points will put a building at the Silver level; between 60 and 79 points earns Gold certification; and buildings that reach a minimum of 80 points are awarded LEED Platinum status. The Half Moon Bay Library received 80 points, giving it LEED Platinum certification.
 
The beautiful 22,000-square-foot Half Moon Bay Library opened in August 2018 after two years of construction, and many more years of thoughtful planning and development. The library was built through a partnership between the City of Half Moon Bay, the County of San Mateo, and San Mateo County Libraries, with assistance from the Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library, and the support of the community. The total cost of bringing this new library to the community was approximately $25 million. About half of the project was funded by the City of Half Moon Bay, with the other half coming from the County, including $500,000 in funds from Measure K, a half-cent countywide sales tax approved by local voters to support essential County services and to maintain or replace critical facilities. Additional funds came from the San Mateo County Libraries, Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library, and other donors.
 
About San Mateo County Libraries 
San Mateo County Libraries is a Joint Powers Authority that comprises the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. San Mateo County Libraries ignite growth through transformative experiences. Visit www.smcl.org for information about our extensive digital and physical collections, twelve community libraries, Bookmobile, Lookmobile and the 12,000+ workshops, classes, concerts, readings, and other activities offered annually. 
About Half Moon Bay 
 
Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City's website is www.hmbcity.com.