Owens Corning’s Toledo, Ohio, global headquarters has earned gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building (EB) program -- it is the third existing building in Ohio to receive the designation.
The building first earned silver certification under the LEED-EB program in 2007 and has an Energy Star rating, which ranks it among the top 25% of energy-efficient buildings in the United States.
"The gold-certified LEED-EB status of our global headquarters building in Ohio is an iconic representation of Owens Corning's deep commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency," said chief sustainability officer Frank O'Brien-Bernini. "It's also an example of the operating cost advantages that are achievable through sustainable building practices."
The company’s headquarters, built in 1996, was designed by architect Cesar Pelli, who included such environmentally friendly features as under-floor ventilation for energy-efficient air delivery, optimal use of daylight, the reuse of office partitions and recycling of carpet. In addition, 55% of the site was restored to a natural environment with low-maintenance native vegetation.
"Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Owens Corning are addressing it through local solutions."