Perdue Farms announced today that it has received Platinum certification – the highest possible ranking – for the renovation of its corporate office building from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.
The completion of a four-year, $10.5 million renovation of the 94,000-square-foot building makes the Perdue headquarters the first USGBC LEED Platinum building on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and one of fewer than 20 LEED Platinum-certified commercial projects in the state.
“We’ve built a program of protecting and preserving the environment through such projects as Perdue AgriRecycle, the first large-scale litter recycling operation, investments in our state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facilities, and reformulation of products and processes to reduce waste streams,” said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms. “Now having LEED Platinum certification of our corporate offices helps underscore our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.”
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human health and environmental impact, such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Aspects of the corporate office that earned LEED recognition include:
•Reused 99.6 percent of existing building envelope
•Diverted 97 percent – 631 tons – of construction waste from landfill
•42.3 percent water reduction through low-flow plumbing fixtures
•Reused 12.7 percent of total resources •24.3 percent of materials content manufactured using recycled materials
•40.1 percent of building materials manufactured within 500 miles
•72.8 percent of wood-based products harvested from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests
•Up to 95 percent of the energy demand for the Corporate Office is generated by the solar field during occupied daytime hours
•Integrated carbon dioxide sensors and rooftop fresh air handlers help exceed minimum air quality standards by 30 percent
•Nearly 40 percent reduction in utility demand through energy efficient HVAC, lighting and on-demand hot water heaters
•Bicycle racks encourage alternative transportation
•Preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles
•Pervious patio pavers prevent storm water runoff
Source: meatingplace.com, 8-15-2013