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UPDATE 12/29/11: The Alaska Energy Authority grant for geothermal ground source heating in the new library was not recommended for funding.

It is very efficient. Just how efficient will be determined as the building operates. Extensive energy modeling was done during the design phase to reduce energy demand.

Geothermal ground source heating is also being considered. The upfront costs are high, so this is not currently part of total project cost. An Alaska Energy Authority grant is currently being prepared that could fund up to 80% of the upfront cost.

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Wednesday March 12 @ 6:30pm 

The new library building committee invites everyone to review and comment on the draft plans for the proposed library facility. We hope to see you there!

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According to a recent article in the Anchorage Daily news “a new movement for ‘sustainable buildings’ is gaining momentum in the building industry”.  For the new library project the decision to pursue sustainable building design, also called LEED certification, will be considered through the early design process.  Creating a building that is efficient to operate and built to last makes sense, and it can also help us attract outside funding. The Homer Public Library, opened last year, was one of the first buildings in Alaska to receive a Silver LEED certification. To learn more about sustainable building design check out the U.S. Green Building Council’s great website.

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