The Kimberly-Clark Professional headquarters building, known as Building 100, has become the first property in Roswell and one of only three in Georgia to receive the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Platinum certification – the highest level of certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“This LEED Platinum certification demonstrates Kimberly-Clark’s leadership in making its buildings greener and more sustainable,” Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council, said in a press release. “This project goes above and beyond the requirements and substantially minimizes Building 100’s environmental footprint.”
Building 100 received its first LEED certification in 2010 under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance program. When the decision was made to renovate the building, the Kimberly-Clark Professional team, in collaboration with the Roswell Facilities Management team, sought to make it even more sustainable by implementing as many best practices as possible.
Their efforts were in keeping with Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow, the Kimberly-Clark Professional approach to sustainability, which is grounded in the belief that the way we use resources today shapes the world of tomorrow.
Working with Cassidy Turley, a commercial real estate services provider, the team managed to exceed their initial goals, excelling in areas such as “Innovation in Operations,” where the property achieved “exemplary performance” for Custodial Effectiveness Assessment, Sustainable Cleaning Products and Sustainable Purchasing. Building 100 also received additional LEED credits for an educational program that helps promote sustainability at work and at home.
Today, the building includes an impressive array of sustainable and energy- efficient features including: an open space design that maximizes the use of natural light; fixtures and systems that substantially reduce energy and water use; storm water collection and natural landscaping to minimize irrigation needs; and low toxicity materials for everything from construction materials and paint to furniture and cleaning supplies.
The LEED Platinum certification also has led to additional environmental savings and benefits including:
· 100 percent of all irrigation water sourced from collected storm water.
· Nearly 81 percent of floor space with access to natural lighting – a design that also provides employees with views of the outside.
· Approximately 91 percent of purchased furniture containing recycled content.
· Approximately 76 percent of all construction waste diverted from the landfill.
· 53 percent of construction materials containing recycled content or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
· A 30 percent reduction in water consumption, through the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures.
· A 26.6 percent reduction in “conventional commuting” via fuel-efficient vehicles and carpooling initiatives.
· An annual energy consumption reduction of more than 13 percent through various energy initiatives and system upgrades, including the installation of automated sensor-activated lighting systems.
· An ENERGY STAR rating of 89, signifying that the building operates at above-average efficiency.
“These accomplishments are a testament to how well Kimberly-Clark Professional is contributing to our company-wide commitment to environmental stewardship,” Lisa Morden, senior director, Global Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark, said in the release. “Our mission to create Exceptional Workplaces is inseparable from our commitment to protect the environment. We are delighted that Building 100 has received such a significant environmental accolade.”