The futuristic library — which can autonomously manage its heating, lighting and electricity systems — makes the small city of Varennes proud. Every day, more than 150 people come to enjoy the library.
Varennes, population 21,000 and 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal, is a renewable energy pioneer in Quebec. The library sits at the city’s centre — a shining beacon with a cathedral-style roof covered with 428 solar panels — and aligns directly with the sun’s path across the sky.
With a wide array of windows letting in natural light and a geothermal system in the basement, it’s clear that energy efficiency and clean electricity is at the library’s heart.
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