DuPont Wilmington-Area Office Building Achieves LEED™ Gold Certification

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Building Showcases DuPont Commitment to Innovation and Sustainability

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This building represents how DuPont is applying its integrated science to making buildings more sustainable, and how DuPont uses innovation in everything we do.

DuPont today announced its 5-story, 220,000 square foot office building at its Chestnut Run Plaza facility has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. The LEED green building rating system -- developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council -- promotes design and construction practices that increase profitability, reduces environmental impacts and improves occupant health and well-being.

DuPont Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Linda Fisher and DuPont Vice President and Chief Engineer Karen Fletcher joined Delaware DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council Janet Milkman, in an event to unveil the LEED Gold plaque today.

“Receiving the LEED Gold certification symbolizes all the hard work from our employees that create everything from the reception desk made of DuPont™ Corian®, to the components of the solar panels on the roof,” Fisher said. “This building represents how DuPont is applying its integrated science to making buildings more sustainable, and how DuPont uses innovation in everything we do.”

Sustainability is a key element of the building’s design, including a green roof complete with a state-of-the-art solar array that offsets energy needs. At least 50 percent of the wood-based materials used in construction of the building are certified wood from sustainable forests, and 20 percent of the materials, used in construction of the building, originated within 500 miles of the facility.

In addition to an extensive use of recycled materials, the building incorporates advanced technology into its function and aesthetics, such as waterless urinals, energy efficient LED lighting and HVAC systems. Over 65 percent of the building’s glass exterior allows extensive use of natural lighting. The building’s “white roof” is made of DuPont™ Elvaloy® that reflects the sun and reduces the load on cooling systems in the summer months saving on energy bills. The carpeting is made from DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber. Its production reduces energy consumption by 30 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 63 percent. More than 20 DuPont products are incorporated into the building’s structure, electronic systems and décor including:

  •     DuPont™ Corian® solid surface material used as siding on the building’s exterior, countertops in dining areas and multiple decorative applications;
  •     Zodiaq® quartz surfaces for interior surfaces, kitchen countertops and vanity tops;
  •     Tyvek® CommercialWrap® used to help prevent air and water infiltration;
  •     Solar panels from DuPont Apollo, Ltd.;
  •     SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, The miracles of science™, Corian®, Elvaloy®, Sorona®, Zodiac®, Tyvek® CommercialWrap® and SentryGlas® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

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