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Onondaga County's first LEED Silver-certified structure

October 30, 2009
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MARCELLUS, NY — The Marcellus Free Library recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Silver level, making it the first LEED Silver-certified structure in Onondaga County, according to The Post-Standard.
Designed by Lake Architectural and built by MCK Building Associates Inc., the Marcellus Free Library, which has been open for more than one year, came with a price tag of $2.8 million, the story stated.
Sustainable features of the "green" library include: A geothermal heating and cooling system; maximizing natural daylight; artificial lighting controlled by sensors; and furniture and finishes with low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the story noted.
LEED-certified buildings, which are more environmentally friendly and cost less to operate than conventional buildings, are rated by a score based on energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources that corresponds to a level of certification, the story added.
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