A Net Zero Library Blends Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Designed to showcase sustainable design and inclusive planning, the city of Moorpark’s new city library is the first phase of a master-planned civic center. Anchored at the west end of Moorpark’s historic High Street, the library will act as a bridge between the historic commercial district and the residential and mixed-use developments planned to the west of the library.

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At 18,000 square feet, the new library will be three times larger than the existing library on the same site. The new library incorporates outdoor porches — a popular element of the existing library — on all four sides of the building, blending indoor and outdoor spaces into a larger community gathering hub. Large windows on the north elevation flood the interior of the library with daylight, and strategic canopies and overhangs protect the southern and eastern portions of the building from harsh sun angles.

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The library is designed as all-electric, with no fossil fuels on site, and is supported by a 130kW, roof-mounted photovoltaic array that will offset 100% of the building’s anticipated energy use. Balanced with a battery back-up for nighttime energy loads, the new resilient, flexible building will serve as the new heart of the growing community.