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New Hayward library to be zero net energy

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Daniel McGuire,
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Hayward is on the road to its first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building with the construction of a new public library.

A ZNE building produces an equal amount of energy that it uses annually from the city’s grid, according to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

The Hayward public library on Mission Blvd and C Street is slated to be demolished and replaced with a new library across the street that is prospected to be finished by early 2018.

Measure C, which passed in 2014, increased sales tax in Hayward by .5 percent for twenty years with the revenue aimed at improving the city and the public library, according to the City of Hayward’s website, and raised a majority of the 59.9 million dollars required for the total cost of the project.

With the construction of the library consisting of about 39 million of the budget.

Measure C will also fund a parking garage adjacent to the library.

Both the parking structure and the library will be ZNE buildings because they will have rooftop solar panels.

According to Reinhart, the panels will only allow them to necessitate Hayward’s electrical grid during seasons with less sunshine.

“It’s going to be the best public library in the Bay Area, hands down,” according to Reinhart. He is also expecting it to be one of, if not the largest ZNE library in the country.

“We base that statement on our research of certified Net Zero Energy libraries.

It is difficult to confirm with 100% certainty that Hayward’s will be the largest because not every project seeks national certification,” according to Reinhart.

The current approved project, 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza, consisting of the library and plaza named the “Heritage Plaza,” according to Reinhart, will be used for events such as festivals, cultural events and the expansion of the Hayward farmers market.

While some were petitioning to have the old library turned into a landmark, the library’s expansions in 1959 and 1980 eliminated its status as a historical building, and demolition is still in the old library’s future.

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2 Responses to “New Hayward library to be zero net energy”

  1. 94541 on August 23rd, 2017 8:35 pm

    Good article but You could of used a newer picture.

  2. Tim Slim on August 25th, 2017 9:03 am

    So the 60 to 90 million dollars were spending on this boondoggle all balances out if we have a net zero footprint oh yeah that will even out in about 1,000 years another complete eyesore that few will use and utilize just like City Hall down the road fantastically expensive gigantic building that only City officials can utilize, with a great deal of empty unusable space, with almost all books on the net now Grand building such as this Library is obsolete haven’t we learned anything from all these retailers and other businesses that are shutting down their large brick-and-mortar complexes utilizing the web more I don’t say we shouldn’t have libraries but we shouldn’t have such large expensive in downtown Hayward when so many more things could be done with that money




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