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Iowa gets first LEED-certified school

August 18, 2009
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IOWA CITY, IA — Willowwind School, an independent elementary and pre-school for children ages three through 12, was recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Gold level, according to the Press-Citizen.
The school, a converted Moose Lodge remodeled in 2007 for $3.5 million, is currently the only school in the state of Iowa to achieve certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the story stated.
Designed by Neumann Monson Architects, Willowwind has many sustainable features, including: Natural daylight; a geothermal heating and cooling system; and prairie grass in an outdoor classroom, the story noted.
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