Our headquarters in Long Island City, N.Y., has been certified LEED® Gold for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED rating system is the standard for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Sustainable features and practices include:
- 26% reduction in energy as compared to a typical building.
- Automated lighting, daylight harvesting, occupancy and vacancy sensors, and strategically tuned lighting levels.
- SolarTrac® automated shading, real-time sun tracking, glare elimination, and brightness control.
- High-performance glazing and insulation, stratified HVAC design, and set-back thermostat settings in conjunction with smart scheduling.
- New roofing system that reflects light and does not soak in heat, resulting in reduced energy required for climate control.
- 25,000kW of electricity, producing photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof.
- Management of outdoor site-light pollution.
- Use of Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM materials, sufficient to earn a LEED Innovation Point in Design Process.
- Low VOC-emitting sealants, paints, carpeting, and wood products.
- Recycling of construction waste diverted from landfills.
- Building materials sourced regionally, reducing the overall carbon emissions required for delivery to the project site.
- Use of building materials that contain recycled content and materials that were reused.
The USGBC is committed to a sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
It works toward its mission of market transformation through:
- Its LEED® green building program.
- Robust educational offerings.
- A nationwide network of chapters and affiliates.
- The annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
- Advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
- Lower operating costs and increase asset value.
- Reduce waste sent to landfills.
- Conserve energy and water.
- Be healthier and safer for occupants.
A case study by the Building-Energy Exchange (be-ex) presents energy-savings strategies applied in the recent renovation of our headquarters.
The profile lays out the condition of the original 1918 factory structure and the ultimate goals of the renovation project, as well as the inventive solutions to challenges encountered along the way.
The be-ex found these methods to be most effective in reducing our lighting-energy use:
- Photo sensors — to dim lights or to turn them off, based on light levels.
- Occupancy sensors, running on vacancy mode — to turn lights off, based on scheduled occupancy hours, as well as activity levels.
- Wall switches — for additional lighting-level adjustments, by zone.
- Software-controlled shades — for automated brightness, glare, and solar-heat gain control.
Check out the case study on their website to see how the be-ex calculated our (impressive) energy savings.
Building-Energy Exchange is an independent, non-profit organization that has transformed its headquarters into a central resource and exhibit space for energy-efficiency best practices and education.