Armstrong World Industries recently announced that its corporate headquarters building was awarded the LEED Platinum re-certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (USGBC). The Armstrong facility is the first building in Pennsylvania and among only seventeen buildings globally to receive re-certification at the highest level under USGBC’S LEED-EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance) program. The Armstrong facility is also the first in the country to earn a re-certification credit for its superior acoustic environment.
Armstrong’s corporate headquarters, known as Building 701, adhered to strict standards to attain the Platinum re-certification. The company had to meet the standards in five categories, which are sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. In addition, the company could earn extra points if they met the categories of innovation in operations and regional priority credits. In 2007, Armstrong’s Building 701 originally became LEED Platinum certified, and it became the first commercial building in the country to earn an innovation credit for its acoustic design.
In 2013, Armstrong made improvements on the building to raise the level of acoustic comfort in the open plan areas, and they were able to further reduce noise and improve speed privacy. These actions resulted in a 29% increase in employee satisfaction. Building 701 was the first Platinum re-certified building to achieve an Innovation in Operations Credit for Acoustics.
Here are some of the other environmental initiatives at Building 701 that contributed to its Platinum re-certification:
- Offsite, renewable wind energy supplies 100% of the building’s electrical power
- Partner in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership
- Energy Star certification each year for six consecutive years
- Reduced energy use at night with daylight housekeeping
- Reduced lighting energy use to half the nationwide average for comparable office buildings
- Reduced water usage by 45% with UPC and IPC-compliant plumbing fixtures and fittings
- Recycles 63% of the building’s waste
- Cleans with environmentally responsible Green Seal certified cleaning products
- 50% of the occupants commute to work via alternative transportation, including walking, bicycles, carpools, public transportation, and fuel-efficient or hybrid vehicles
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