We at CR Magazine believe in the importance of working together to achieve sustainability. For the first time, we have highlighted some of the sustainable and LEED-certified headquarters of many corporations across North America. Below are special features on specific buildings.
CR Magazine’s 2015 Most Sustainable Corporate Headquarters List
The Air Transat HQ was the first building in Canada to earn LEED-EBOM Platinum certification. Numerous initiatives such as water efficient plumbing, solar wall, LED lighting, recycling, composting, electric car charging stations, community garden, and green cleaning produce substantial resource savings and create a pleasant environment for employees and visitors.
Air Transat Headquarters Fast Facts:
Air Transat was able to reduce water consumption by over 40 percent by replacing grass lawn exterior with indigenous clover; watering trees and shrubs with non-potable municipal water; and it has an aggressive storm water runoff management plan.
The first Gold LEED-EB certified facility in Memphis and also EPA Energy Star Award recipient, the FedEx WHQ was designed with the comfort of team members in mind. The facility hosts one of the few certified Arboreta in Tennessee. Jogging trails and natural lighting in each building join a host of sustainable resource management efforts, underscoring the FedEx commitment to environmental stewardship.
FedEx Express World Headquarters Fast Facts:
-In order to reduce water consumption, the campus bathroom retrofits to the lavatory faucets and shower heads installing low-flow aerators and water efficient shower heads reduced water consumption by 22 percent in building G and 17 percent in all the other buildings.
National Office Furniture partnered with design firm Gensler to include sustainable elements in its headquarters, including energy efficient lighting and a reflective roof to reduce cooling costs. Daylighting provides employees a connection to nature, while reducing energy use. Low-emitting paints, flooring and furniture enhance indoor air quality while water efficiency is protected through low flow water fixtures and landscaping native to the area. LEED® certification process is underway for this state-of-the-art facility, which has boosted productivity and morale for employees and guests alike.
National Office Furniture Corporate Headquarters Fast Facts:
To reduce light pollution, full cutoff, fully shielded LED light fixtures were selected for the parking lot, and sensors/timers on interior lighting. Furniture is certified to the BIFMA level multi-attribute certification.
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Headquarters is a next-generation workplace that uses an array of products from the Saint-Gobain family of companies that improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, and thermal management. The building was created as a living laboratory, where the company’s research team can measure the impact its products have on a real workplace and enhance product development.
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Headquarters Fast Facts:
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Headquarters is a high-performance, highly sustainable building striving to achieve the USGBC’s LEED v3 Platinum certification for both the commercial interior and core and shell. The headquarters is anticipated to be the only current commercial building in Pennsylvania to have an interior and exterior that is LEED® Platinum certified.
WGL understands its responsibility as a corporate citizen and environmental steward to improve communities and sustain and protect the environment. WGL’s LEED Gold-certified Washington Gas facility features a fuel cell that provides 40 percent of the building’s base load electricity needs. More than 30 percent of the building’s materials are from recycled content. WGL expects to achieve a 70 percent reduction in GHG emissions from its fleet and facilities by 2020.
Washington Gas Operational Headquarters at Springfield Center Fast Facts:
Reduced potable water use by 38 percent from calculated baseline design by installing low-flow water closets, showers, and lavatories. The building relies upon natural sunlight and uses automatic window shading. It is partially powered by an onsite solid oxide fuel cell. It has on-site alternative vehicle fueling facilities. Roof materials have high solar reflectance.