Life Technologies is Committed to LEED Building
by Kim Evans - 06/02/10
As we build new spaces or renovate our existing buildings, Life Technologies has adopted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program from the U.S. Green Building Council as a standard.
Under this program, Life Technologies earned LEED Gold certification at the new Shanghai Demonstration Laboratory. This facility has demonstrated a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.
Our headquarters in Carlsbad, California is the next building to seek approval and is currently being evaluated for LEED Silver certification as the facility has achieved the following LEED benefits:
· Water conservation: By installing low-flow toilets and sinks, water consumption was reduced by 260,000 gallons per year. Recycled water is used for irrigation.
· Energy conservation: Over 60 skylights and solar tubes, motion sensors for lighting, and air conditioning shut down during nonworking hours conserves over 400 Kwh per year.
· Waste minimization: More than 75% of waste was diverted from landfills by recycling or reusing materials at other job sites. Further, 225 square feet of the building is committed to a recycling center for paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal.
· Materials and resources: The building was constructed with advanced materials such as recycled rubber and yarn in carpeting, recycled plastic for restroom partitions, and recycled steel. In addition, 60% of the existing furniture was reused, and the new furniture contains 30% recycled content.
· Indoor air quality: All products, such as furniture, carpet, paint, adhesives, and glues were selected based their low- or no-VOC emitting feature. These materials are less toxic and provide a healthier environment for employees and visitors. Prior to start up, all air handling systems were cleaned.
Life Technologies’ commitment to LEED began in 2003 when the Pleasanton, California site was awarded Silver certification in the early days of the formal LEED program. The recognized benefits resulting from eco-efficiencies and employee comfort, safety and well-being proved worthy of a global commitment to the program.