Nutritional products maker's new HQ earns LEED gold
Prolacta Bioscience, a leading provider of human milk-based neonatal nutritional products to hospitals, has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for its new headquarters.
The 40,338-square-foot facility in Duarte, Calif., was recognized for its highly efficient, healthy and cost-saving design by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a release. The organization administers LEED.
"We were determined to make our new headquarters green because it's the right thing to do for our employees and the environment," Prolacta President and CEO Scott Elster said.
Prolacta's Duarte headquarters received high marks in the LEED Energy & Atmosphere category. Lighting installed in the building uses 55.5 percent less energy than standard lighting solutions, and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and equipment were incorporated into the building to improve efficiency.
The single-story building also focused on water security and drought conditions, which are priorities in Southern California. Prolacta achieved every available point for water efficiency in the LEED Water Efficiency category, earning extra points for overall water-use reduction. Use of low-flow fixtures reduces the building's indoor potable water use by 43.5 percent.
The Prolacta project earned four out of six possible points in the Regional Priority LEED credit category, for its positive impact on the local community. Of total building materials, 10.5 percent were manufactured using recycled materials, and 31.8 percent of materials used were manufactured within 500 miles of the building site.
In addition, with its location next to the Metro gold line Duarte station, the building helps reduce the negative impacts of single occupancy vehicle transportation on the environment and the community. The building also promotes improved air quality by reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the materials used, and the project established a green cleaning policy that is used throughout the facility.
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