Features ranging from low-flow plumbing fixtures to bike racks for employees have helped GlobalFoundries achieve LEED Gold certification for its Administration 2 building.
GlobalFoundries officials announced Tuesday that the building at its Fab 8 campus is the first company building to earn Gold status under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.
“It’s a pretty good litmus test of achieving green standards,” said company spokesman Travis Bullard.
The 218,000-square-foot, three-story building completed in 2012 is intended to provide office space for up to 1,800 people, and was designed from the beginning to try to achieve LEED status, he said.
The building cost about $35 million, but the company couldn’t say Tuesday how much of the cost was because of the building’s LEED features, which generally are more expensive than conventional construction.
A new building’s LEED status is determined by the Green Buildings Council after a review and post-construction audit. The highest LEED standard is Platinum, followed by Gold and Bronze.
The LEED system is intended to honor companies that incorporate “green” features into their buildings, including water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and use of sustainable materials in the building construction.
The Admin 2 building’s features include a highly efficient heating and cooling system, low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals, high-efficiency LED lighting and high-efficiency condensing boilers for heat.
While Admin 2 is the first Fab 8 building to achieve LEED status, the company is continuing to pursue LEED accreditation for the connected Admin 1 building and the chip fabrication building, Bullard said.
“LEED provides a useful framework that helps design and construction teams identify efficiency measures to reduce resource use and drive down operating expenses over the lifetime of the Fab 8 campus,” said Terry Daly, GlobalFoundries senior vice president. “Our aim is to achieve best-in-class manufacturing productivity while demonstrating our commitment to environmental stewardship.”