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The Napa County Sheriff’s headquarters has been awarded a certification for its environmentally-conscious design, construction and operation.

The designation, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold, was given by the U.S. Green Building Council and seconded by the Green Building Certification Institute.

The headquarters is the first government building in Napa County to achieve LEED certification, according to the Napa County Department of Public Works.

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The department said the LEED Gold rating is a result of the building’s energy efficiency, reduced water use and use of recycled materials. The design elements helps save taxpayers money, reduce the building’s greenhouse gas emissions and offer a healthier environment for staff and visitors. The building also has bicycle racks, van pool and other commuting programs, low-flow faucets and other plumbing fixtures, solar panels and recycling containers.

WLC Architects in Folsom designed the building, and McCrary Construction built it. Tim Holmes with Kenwood Energy and MK2 Engineering of Napa also contributed to its sustainable features.

The public is welcome to tour the building. Visit the sheriff’s Web site at www.co.napa.us for information.

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