Sustainability is a critical corporate objective and is reflected in our headquarters, products and manufacturing facilities.
Tennessee (PRWEB) January 04, 2012
AOC LLC has earned LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of its world headquarters in Collierville, TN.
LEED certification is an internationally recognized standard for green building. Factors like site sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials, waste management, indoor environmental quality and design innovation earn points for a LEED candidate during evaluation.
AOC's LEED Silver qualifications include:
- A geothermal HVAC system
- Building materials with recycled or renewable content
- Regionally produced construction materials & certified wood
- Pollution prevention during construction
- Low-emitting sealants, paints & construction materials
- A reflective roof which eliminates heat buildup
- Maximum use of ambient lighting
- Increased ventilation & outdoor air delivery monitoring
- Light pollution reduction
- Recycling facilities
- Water-saving systems
- Incentives for employees to use low-emitting vehicles & bicycles
As a result of these forward-thinking building tactics, the company's new headquarters conserve 30% more energy and water than similar non-LEED buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste, and require lower operating costs.
The company also made a point of using customer-produced composites throughout the building's décor. The core stairs and second floor safety rail were produced by 3form with co-polyester recycled content products. Other customer products include HanStone solid surfaces, Strongwell railing, and Kohler showers and plumbing fixtures. Additional composite materials include epoxy terrazzo tile and restroom stall divider panels and doors.
“AOC’s LEED Silver Certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USBGC President, CEO and founding chair. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further. AOC serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”
AOC Chairman and CEO, Randy Weghorst said, “From inception, we wanted our Global Headquarters to reflect our continuous commitment to the environment. Sustainability is a critical corporate objective and is reflected in our headquarters, products and manufacturing facilities. And to help customers meet sustainability goals, we continue to grow our EcoTek® product line of bio-renewable content, recycled content, and/or styrene-free materials.”
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification was verified by the Green Building Verification Institute, a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of green building programs in the U.S.
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. Sustainability is at the core of AOC’s culture through green ideas and actions in product technology, manufacturing, facility design, operations and corporate attitude. To discover more, e-mail Leslie Beck at LBeck(at)AOC-resins(dot)com, phone her at (906) 854-2318, or go to AOC-resins.com
Based in Washington D.C., the U.S. Green Building Council is America’s leading authority on green building design, construction and operation. USGBC estimates that greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy and that a national commitment to green building can generate 2.5 million American jobs. The organization’s LEED certification program recognizes commercial, institutional and residential buildings that save money, reduce harmful emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment.