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        • A geothermal well system that responds to the earth’s constant temperature of approximately 55 degrees will save energy when heating or cooling the building.

        • The high albedo roof is coated in reflective materials that lower absorption of solar energy, reduce surface temperatures and decrease heat transfer into the building.

        • Maximum natural light and sensor controlled artificial lighting to minimize electric light usage.

        • Extended exterior overhangs provide sunscreens to control natural light.

        • Drought-resistant native plants and grasses as well as rainwater management will eliminate the need to irrigate the gardens surrounding the building.

        • Use of low-emitting materials will improve indoor air quality.

        • Friendly neighbor parking lot lighting focuses light downward.  

LEED Gold Emblem


The Rakow Branch achieved LEED* Gold Certification

*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design