Whirlpool buildings awarded LEED certifications

Whirlpool buildings awarded LEED certifications

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Whirlpool Corp. has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for two of its recent building projects, both located in Benton Harbor, Mich.

The company’s Riverview Campus, the company’s North American region headquarters, is now LEED gold certified for phase 3 of its development, and its global headquarters is LEED silver-certified for the south and east wings of the building, reports Construction & Demolition Recycling. These are the 14th and 15th LEED-certified projects for Whirlpool since 2009, with all projects now totaling more than 9.4 million square feet.

“Each project represents a continuation of our commitment to designing, constructing and/or remodeling buildings using sustainable practices,” said Lee Utke, senior director of global corporate real estate.

A waste-reduction plan was enacted during the construction process of all three phases for each building, resulting in 94 percent of total construction debris being diverted from landfill at the Riverview Campus, and 57 percent at the global headquarters. At the Riverview Campus, materials containing recycled content constitute 31 percent of the total cost of materials, which included drywall, carpet in the office, steel columns and concrete in the floor slabs and exterior site.

Restroom faucets with ultra-low flow valves and toilets were designed to reduce water usage. The facility was also designed around a central plant heating and cooling system with a building management system and incorporates high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting.

More than 111,000 square feet of space is considered open space at the Riverview Campus, and there is nearly 284,000 square feet of outside vegetated green space at the global headquarters. Both facilities house bike stations, and bus routes are available to employees, as well as several electric car charging stations. Whirlpool has also set aside several dozen priority parking spots for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

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