Utah Valley State College’s new energy-efficient library is the first building in the state to be constructed under Utah’s High Performance Building program, the Deseret Morning News reports. "We’re making a bit of history here," said Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., speaking to a group of about 50 dignitaries on the fourth floor of the school’s yet-to-open Digital Learning Center. The governor set a goal in May 2006 for the state to increase energy proficiency 20 percent by 2015. Huntsman said he is "honored and delighted" that UVSC’s new library is "consistent in keeping with the theme that we are trying to create for the state in respect to energy efficiency." The library is 65 percent to 90 percent more energy-efficient than buildings constructed to former ordinary building codes and will save $100,000 per year in utility costs, he said. The building includes a myriad of energy-saving aspects, including high-performance glass that lets in light but cuts out heat; motion sensors that shut off lights if the space is unoccupied; a process that uses excess heat to warm other areas of the building; and panels that block light in the summer but allow for warming light in the winter. Said UVSC President William A. Sederburg: "We are truly meeting the needs of the 21st century."
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