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ecoBiblioteca Project

The ecoBiblioteca project, developed by the Romania Green Building Council, aims to transform a typical library in the small community of Cacica in Suceava County into a state-of-the-art facility and an exemplary sustainable building.

Our approach

The team in Bucharest has been working with the 5,000-strong local community in Cacica to identify improvements to the existing building, which was dark and poorly insulated with no hot or cold running water, heated by three wood-burning stoves in each room and supplied with water by an adjacent well.

Outcome

The refurbished library provides bright, comfortable, flexible spaces, and uses 35-40% less energy than comparable buildings – which could provide a template for more than 1,500 libraries across the country.