UPS HQ earns LEED Gold and Energy Star certification
UPS has become the first major package delivery and logistics company to earn Gold Status certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), along with an Energy Star certification for its corporate headquarters complex.
The Corporate Office is just the first UPS building to be assessed for certification. “Our plan is to assess all new facilities and some existing facilities to see if they qualify for LEED and Energy Star evaluations,” said Scott Wicker, UPS chief sustainability officer. “At UPS we manage our assets as effectively as possible and continue to find ways to improve in all aspects of our business.”
The corporate offices of UPS won the LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The Energy Star certification was awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for meeting strict energy performance standards.
“These certifications are a noteworthy achievement because they show that independent third parties have that determined UPS’s main headquarters is a high-performance structure,” Wicker added. “In 1994, when this building was completed, it was built to rigorous environmental standards that were ahead of their time. LEED and Energy Star show we continue to be as energy-efficient behind our desks as we are behind the wheels of our famous brown trucks.”
UPS's corporate headquarters reduces environmental impact in a number of ways:
• Only six of the 35 acres of the building footprint are built on. The remainder is untouched Piedmont Forest, considered a wildlife preserve by the state of Georgia. The forest begins a mere 5m from the building on all sides.
• UPS used an arborist during construction to minimise the impact on trees.
• Albedo concrete roof decks reflect the sun's rays, reducing absorbed heat.
• Since 2005 improvements in plumbing fixtures have reduced water consumption by 39 percent.
• Lighting is fully automated throughout the building to conserve power during off hours.
UPS facility engineers documented the building's energy efficiency, showing how fine-tuning the building’s systems saves UPS more than US$100,000 per year in energy costs.
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