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Owens Corning HQ in Ohio Achieves LEED-EB Gold Certification
Owens Corning headquarters in Toledo, Ohio has earned the coveted LEED Gold certification under its Existing Building program. This makes it the third existing building in the state to have achieved this status. The building had already been awarded with a silver certification in 2007 under the LEED-EB program.
The building has met with strict standards in its design and operation as an environmentally responsible and energy-efficient structure. The building has already earned an Energy Star rating, which makes one of the top 25 percent energy-efficient buildings in the United States.
The LEED-EB gold certification is usually harder to achieve because it involves making improvements in an existing building with its inherent design and operational limitations. This task becomes easier in a new construction that can incorporate all the requirements from the planning stage itself. This makes the Owens Corning building's LEED-EB status more special.
The company's Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O'Brien-Bernini says, "The gold-certified LEED-EB status of our global headquarters building in Ohio is an iconic representation of Owens Corning's deep commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency. It's also an example of the operating cost advantages that are achievable through sustainable building practices. There are significant economic and environmental benefits to ensuring that new and existing buildings exceed today's energy efficiency standards through the use of insulation, air-sealing solutions, and many other energy-saving technologies."
Owens Corning global headquarters building came up in 1996. From the beginning, the building included a number of environment-friendly features such as optimal utilization of daylight, under-floor ventilation for energy-efficient air delivery, and recycling of office partitions and carpets. More than half the site was restored to a natural environment with plantation of native vegetation that requires low maintenance.
The U.S. Green Building Council's President Rick Fedrizzi recognizes the importance of green buildings and the efforts of companies that promote green construction. He says, "Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge. While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Owens Corning are addressing it through local solutions."
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