The Objectives

The Project Partners will renovate the Cacica library in Suceava County in an exemplary, sustainable manner by significantly improving the design, energy performance, lighting quality, indoor air quality and comfort of the building. The project will encourage use of the library as a community space increasing visits and participation by the citizenry. The project will build awareness of environmentally responsible and energy efficient building and renovation techniques and stimulate the creation of green jobs both locally and nationally.

EcoBiblioteca will :

Create not only an aesthetically attractive model of sustainable renovation and energy efficiency in the construction and operation of an exemplary building, but also an architectural statement in the appropriate context;


Create a strong connection with the existing natural landscape;


Provide unconventional spaces to encourage reading and accessible green space;


Upgrade the building to provide more flexible use by a wide variety of users and increase overall user visits. A more flexible space will allow additional activities that can be conducted in the building. This will include both the local community and tourists; generate a more efficient use of the building and promotion for the locality. A special area within the building will be designated to provide tourist information for local attractions (Bucovina, Salt Mine, etc.);

Promote sustainable principles and solutions that are easy to replicate for other communities. The project will utilize integrated design strategies delivering a project that will result in dramatic reductions in energy costs and improvements in the comfort and well-being of the visitors and library staff;


Implement a variety of both modern green technologies and historical methods of reducing energy use and negative environmental impact. These include but are not limited to: natural ventilation, solar passive design, green energy, minimization of the technical space, septic tank with natural composting/filtrating system, energy efficient and improved lighting, and repartitioning and opening the building to increase natural daylighting.

We wish to accomplish the above mentioned goals primarily by integrating collaborative solutions between all the design and engineering disciplines.


Regarding the sustainable approach (what principles should be applied), the project should exceed the guidelines typically found in a LEED Platinum, BREEAM Outstanding, DGNB Gold "to reconcile the built environment with the natural environment, into a civilization that creates greater biodiversity, resilience and opportunities for life with each adaptation and development". (McLennan, Jason, Brukman, Eden, LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE ™ 2.0, Seattle, 2010, pages 4-7).